Tag Archives: Shapeshifter Leadership

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, […]

The A in Leadership: Ask Questions

If leaders LISTEN, and ENGAGE FULLY, they’ll be ready to ASK QUESTIONS — the third key to leading through a crisis. Crisis tends to stimulate all our old habits and ideas, forcing us into a corner by instinct, no matter what our skills, goals and hopes might be. The way out of instinctive reactivity is […]

Shapeshifter Leadership: More than just being flexible

The shapeshifter has a bad name in our culture, because we usually see the worst of this challenging archetypal leadership style. We get this Dilbert-esque, lazy kind of flexibility that gives managers a bad name. Contrary to Scott Adams pointed skewer, managers who aim for flexibility are rarely evil, but they are dangerous. They’re trying […]

The Supreme Leadership Board Has Left the Building

Has Scott Adams been in some of the offices IÊ»ve worked in? If only stepping down from a leadership role meant we could just crown the nearest flying monkey and run for the exit with a briefcase full of stock options! When it comes time for a leader to go, s/he knows it and everyone […]

Character, Psychological Competence: More comments on The Transforming Leader

Ginette Paris, author of Heartbreak and Wisdom of the Psyche, wrote in her review of The Transforming Leader: “Contradictory perceptions reveal one thing: that leadership is as nearly impossible a task as parenting. Nobody can do it without mistakes! But a `good enough” leader is a gift that can make a huge difference in our […]