Tag Archives: skill

ART AND LEADERSHIP: Creative Leadership Begins with Play

Here’s a new twist on work evaluations! Michael O’Malley suggests 12 criteria to judge how much of an artist your fearless leader might be! If  indeed, Every Leader is an Artist, we need to move these challenging criteria into a happier dance to ensure success…  His criteria are: Intent. Do they make an express commitment to achieve certain […]

Daniel Goleman on “What Makes a Leader?” Emotional Intelligence

In a culture that values the head over the heart, the individual over the group, and the leader over the follower, there are a lot of leadership concepts that create a paradoxical feeling, an uncomfortable combination of  good old fashioned common sense and impossibility. For me, “emotional intelligence” has always been one of those. Psychologist […]

Candor Could Blow Up in Your Face

Many of us confuse authenticity with the right to speak our inner being candidly and without much editing. After all, being authentic is being who we are, right?! But this article gives us really practical ways of understanding candor so we can see that it’s something good leaders do strategically, and that it’s different from […]

Now Available: The Leadership App

Here’s a great take on leadership as a practice, not only a skill or personal quality, more than the ability to project a vision or a personality that causes followers to push themselves further. This blog discusses leadership as learning to let go — in many ways a quality of being. As he says, “Bring […]

Lillian Cunningham on honest leadership and Andrew Mason’s farewell

There’s more to authenticity than being yourself — honesty is a refreshing part of being present in an authentic way, even during your farewell! Lillian Cunningham, the Washington Post’s “On Leadership” Blog editor, had this to say about Andrew Mason’s farewell memo when he was fired from Google last month: “Honesty and authenticity are so […]

Leadership with Spirit: Beginning with our Own

How does time help leaders? Three answers: patience, skill-building and self-care. Patience: the knowledge that things don’t happen all at once… Leaders who insist on speedy results when speedy results are impossible lose out on teachable moments, which means they lose followers with potential. Let’s assume you pick your team members carefully enough that their […]

In the wrong mind, our greatest tool becomes dangerous…

Harold vs. Lio? Make Your Bets! Just see what Lio does with Harold’s purple crayon! Both are, by the way, being deeply authentic, according to their characters, interests, values and goals! But look at the difference! Harold, from Crockett Johnsonʻs  famous and delightful children’s book, Harold and the Purple Crayon, uses his imagination and his […]