Tag Archives: Republican

Transformational #Trump: The Contradictions Behind the Mask

Taking Donald Trump seriously means looking behind the mask to the contradictions that make him both entertaining and dangerous as a leader. According to the Economist, “Mr Trump’s secret sauce has two spices. First, he has a genius for self-promotion, unmoored from reality (“I play to people’s fantasies. I call it truthful hyperbole,” he once […]

CLIMATE CHANGE FEATURE: Arizona, Texas Mayors Step Up to Ease Global Warming

ABC News reports  a small but important step for political leaders fighting climate change: Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, and Phoenix Mayor  Greg Stanton mayors are stepping up as leaders supporting real efforts to minimize the devastating effects of climate change. It’s a healthy sign, given the political vacuum created in Arizona […]

Corporations Leading from the Right Side of History: “If we didn’t do it, who would?”

Jena McGregor, a columnist for the Washington Post’s On Leadership blog, made some interesting observations this week about the controversy in Arizona and the ways corporate leaders all over the country are weighing in to the gay rights debate, the latest installment in America’s culture wars. She wrote: “Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto Wednesday of Arizona’s controversial SB1062, […]

Leading US Astray: Gov Shutdown Models Three Reasons Creating a Crisis isn’t Leadership

The government is officially, if temporarily, rebooted. Federal workers are back on the Beltway on excruciating commutes and sighs of relief. The cavernous halls of monumental Washington buildings echo with harried footsteps. Now that the Republican-induced crisis is over, everyone’s talking about leadership — what can we do to prevent this from happening again!?  Well, […]

Contentious US Republicans/Democrats Honor Peacemaker Nelson Mandela

John Boehner, Speaker of the House, said about Nelson Mandela last week: ““Scarcely a week or day goes by without us pointing to Mandela as an example. An example of standing on principle, of loving your neighbour, and of extending the reach of freedom. All these ideals we cherish, and he has lived the closest […]

Gay Marriage, For and Against: Leaders in Crisis

The gay marriage debate is heating up with the Supreme Court considerations, and leaders are stepping up, battening the hatches and treading water in an effort to understand this transformational moment. Whatever the result of the deliberations, we’re witnessing a major challenge to politicians and activists reacting to the public discussion. (If you want to […]

Leading Trends: Tracking Changes in Values and Culture

Change may be inevitable, but following the leading edge of transformation often means being surprised and challenged. Here is one surprise in recent news, with a quick assessment of implications for leadership. 1. Social attitudes shift, and leadership shifts with them: according to a recent Washington Post, over the past year there has been “record […]