Tag Archives: shadow

Finding Compassion without Losing Power

These are great tips on finding compassion without giving up the status and credibility we need. I particularly like the idea of the “stickiness” of compassion. When we’re co-dependent, we don’t challenge, we make nice. It’s the caregiver archetype at its most dangerous. But more often, we push that compassion into the “shadow,” the unconscious, […]

When Leaders Fail: Is There a Point of No Return?

Sometimes I think American ideas about leadership are relentlessly optimistic. We believe that authenticity guarantees meaningful success, and we tell the story that visionary leaders are heroes who muster the stamina to fail and rise again, better than they were. We celebrate creative followers for taking risks that make the world better. But we rarely […]

Voting Consciously: The Illusion of Hero-Leaders

Kenneth Mikkelsenʻs article, “Leaders in Search of Followership,” opens up some fascinating ideas that we need to consider in order to vote consciously, paying attention to our American need for heroes in hard times. This archetypal hunger, so deep we can hardly contain ourselves from hoping, can either serve us or defeat us. It depends […]

Authentic Leadership: Hopeful Buzzword?

In his July 2012 blog, Bill George, CEO Guru of leadership authenticity wrote: “Nine years ago today the New York Times favorably reviewed Authentic Leadership, my first book. At the time “authenticity” in leadership was not a well-established idea. Many people asked, “What is an authentic leader?” although the concept seemed self-evident to me as being genuine, real […]