Tag Archives: role model

Teens Resisting the Taliban: Aitzaz Hasan and Malala Yousafzai

In the culture wars of Pakistan, standing up to the Taliban is the essence of courageous leadership, with activists risking their lives, not just economic and social status.  Malala Yousafzai has become an international leader for universal education but at great cost. Most resistance means martyrdom or exile. This week, Aitzaz Hasan sacrificed his life […]

Malala Yousafzai Holds Space for a new kind of American leadership at the White House

Yesterday, Malala Yousafzai met with President Obama, sharing both her vision for education for women and girls and a challenge for US policy. She reported: “I thanked [him for] supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees. I also expressed my concerns that drove attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in […]

Athlete Role Models are Human, too: “I am no god that can see everything and do everything right.” (Jan Ullrich)

Jan Ullrich, the German cyclist who refused to move up from 2nd to 1st place winner when Lance Armstrongʻs titles were rescinded, has recently admitted that he, also, received performance enhancing treatments. His argument for his decision, which he admits was wrong by the rules of the sport, was that instead of offering him an […]

What would the world be like if Celebrities took tips from Jennifer Lawrence?

This post from a 13-year old blogger impressed me. Her comments about celebrities changing the way we live adds a lot to my thoughts about the leadership powers of role models. Some people think it’s too much to expect celebrities to be leaders not just lucratively marketed public figures. But the power of that visibility […]

Jason Collins: the Risks and Benefits of Authenticity and Coming Out

In the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated, NBA center Jason Collins wrote: “I’m a 34-year old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay….I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, so I’m […]

Update: Gabby Douglas, MacDonalds and Fast Food Leadership

According to Advertising Age, Gabrielle (Gabby) Douglas will be replacing Ronald McDonald for a bit, promoting the new egg white “delight” at restaurants and events. It all started, apparently, when the 16 year old said she “splurged” on egg mcmuffins to celebrate her Olympic win. It’s a clear effort for MacDonalds to boost its market […]

Leadership Stories: Who are you now?

Leaders are sold, not made. We build an identity worth living, and create a leadership style we think can make us successful (however we define that.) It’s all a show until we live it in real life. Then it becomes who we are. Then, when the leadership strategy we’ve made our own needs to change, […]

Gabby Douglas: Sports Celebrity Leader or Smart Capitalist?

Or both? You be the judge…. According to her website, here’s the update on Douglas’ accomplishments since her Olympic wins. 1. She’s published a book, written with Michelle Buford.  In it she writes: “For now, here’s what you need to know: Exactly 210 days before I ever attempted my first vault in the London Summer […]

Leadership Stories: Gabby Douglas as Role Model and Celebrity

Hereʻs an interesting interview with Gabby Douglas about her experience with bullying. It may be that one of the best ways she can be present as a leader is to share her story about how she developed the discipline to accomplish so much with her gifts. Leading by example. Sheʻll be visible enough to do […]