Tag Archives: Shapeshifter Leadership

How do we recognise groups of committed citizens for sustainability?

Originally posted on The Future of Leadership is Collective:
Collaboration for sustainability requires well functioning groups of people who lead collectively – be they called management teams, project teams, core groups, committees, partnership teams, task forces, working groups or a leaders network. They exist within one or across several organisations. They are composed as cross-sector…

Dan Rockwell’s “Ten Powers of Playing a Role”: More Proof that Shapeshifter Leaders are Better Leaders

Thanks to blogger Leadership Freak for pointing out the benefits of doing two things that come naturally to shapeshifter leaders — playing and experimenting with new roles. It seems we’re so afraid of losing track of who we think we are that sometimes we forget that we can be authentic and play many roles! Values […]

BE Yourself: Authentic leadership as a spiritual practice

Be Yourself. That’s the advice we get when we launch ourselves into the world, full of dreams that we can lead a revolution in thinking, knowing, being. We choose a career, submit to the training required, and dive into our vocation. Most of us want to “be the change we want to see in the […]

The future of leadership development

Originally posted on The Future of Leadership is Collective:
About ten years ago I ran a sought-after international leadership development program for multinational companies together with Bill Isaacs (http://www.dialogos.com). What struck me years later was the impact of the program that was thoroughly based on a dialogic approach – about half of the participants left…

Odo’s Shapeshifter Leadership: A Practical Metaphor Behind a SciFi Myth

My marvelous, practical visionary of a brother sent me a literal definition of shapeshifter in an email recently, reminding me that I may have glossed over some aspects of the original myth in order to make my point about flexibility and transformation.  After the definition, he noted — “I think I saw this on Star […]

We are all shapeshifters! It’s time to evolve into shapeshifter leaders with integrity.

In mythic terms, shapeshifters are often thought of as troublemakers. They can hide their true identity and sneak around. That makes them untrustworthy, because you can’t really see who they are. They’re inconsistent, in the most magical way possible, changing their appearance and making us believe they are one thing, when they really are another. […]

Leadership Spirit at the International Leadership Association Conference, Montreal

Next week, I’ll be presenting at the International Leadership Association (ILA) Conference in Montreal, sharing a new training exercise that integrates values-based authenticity with Shapeshifter Leadership development! It’s definitely time for the Shapeshifter-with-integrity to rise up and claim its space in our leadership archetypes and stories. Innovation, out-of-the-box thinking and new ways of knowing ourselves […]

We Don’t Need Another Hero? A call for heroic and inclusive diversity in the stories we’re telling about leadership…

We love a hero — but we often mistake “power over” assertiveness and risk-taking for heroism. The problem isn’t that heroes can’t be leaders, but that we have a narrow idea about what it means to be a hero (and, for that matter, what it means to be a leader!) When we understand heroic leadership […]

Visionary Pragmatism: How to Survive Your Success

One of my least favorite sayings is, “No good deed goes unpunished.” But there’s some truth in it, especially when it comes to visionary leadership. Some leaders — MLK, for example, or Joan of Arc, as in this cartoon — get punished by a resistant culture for their success, for the gift they’ve brought through […]

Leadership Tensions: Paradoxes That Keep Us Dancing with our Leadership Story

“Leadership Freak” blogger Dan Rockwell offered an intriguing list of leadership tensions this week: The Ten Tensions of Leadership: Tenacity and kindness. Vision and openness. Kindness and candor. Passion and quietness. Analysis and initiative. Planning and people. Solitude and relationships. High expectations and helpfulness. Decisiveness and listening. Focus and flexibility. In the lively discussion afterwards, […]