Tag Archives: social

The Shame Machine: How Twitter muddies leadership effectiveness and engages followers in a shaming social media culture

Twitter has become a political force, used and misused to judge, shame and spread confusion. Jon Ronson’s Ted Talk on public shaming shows how Twitter has become a bandwagon for shaming and unquestioning mis/interpretation and instant comments. Ronson tracks a bad twitter joke gone viral as it destroyed one woman’s life. “Like toddlers crawling towards […]

Cozzee: Forbes celebrates a new socially responsible business leader

What if business didn’t just serve the financial bottom line, but was an opportunity to lead in solving social problems? Cozzee, a social business offering 100% of it’s profits selling coffee to worldwide causes (hence the name!) is one of the new businesses cropping up who believe that’s not only possible but necessary. Pioneer banker […]

“You are all too comfortable to be dreaming”:@IbukunAwosika to young #leaders

In CSRwire (the Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire) this week, David Wilcox opens his article about “real” sustainability with a quote from Ibukun Awosika, founder of the Chair Center, to an audience of young women at Harvard Business School: “You are all too comfortable to be dreaming” of sustainable solutions. It’s a poignant comment — a […]

Bad News for Women in the US: Leadership Roles More Limited than Other Countries in the World

Chad Brooks from Business News Daily reported this week that “U.S. businesses aren’t doing very well at putting women in leadership roles. It’s surprising news to those of us who like to imagine that the we lead the world in democratic economic reform and equality. It’s time we wake up and smell the sexism! In […]

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 […]

Empowering Girls to Build the Future: Goldieblox Mission + Viral Branding = Leadership

Toys for Future Engineers — that’s the tagline for GoldieBlox, which has developed a set of interactive books and games to “disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers.”  According to Slate Magazine, “The CEO, Debbie Sterling, studied engineering at Stanford, where she was dismayed by the lack of women in […]

The Flow Project: What Art Offers Leadership

At the International Leadership Association Conference last weekend, I encountered Skye Burns and Doug Banner, founders of the Flow Project, and was reminded of the potentially remarkable work they’re doing to expand the role of artists as leaders and leaders as artists.  Their mission is to apply the principles and practices of art in resolving […]

Apology Accepted? Is it helpful for leaders to apologize for things beyond their control?

I know it seems counter-intuitive. Why apologize for things we can’t control — the weather, a death,  the economy, or some breakdown in the system that no one could have anticipated, much less prevented!? Because it increases trust, according to Alison Wood Brooks of Harvard Business School. And that’s interesting, isn’t it? We often talk […]

Missional Business: Balancing Change and Calling in Public, Private and Social Leadership

Originally posted on Rendering Anew:
The cover story in September’s Harvard Business Review is about women in leadership. I figured it would provide some good content for our discussion, but on the way to the article I got sidetracked, or maybe main-tracked, by a relevant article, Triple-Strength Leadership. The article praises leaders who are simultaneously…

Shakti Vahini’s Activist Leadership: Diversity, Alliances and Social Change

Often we believe that the best leaders to right a wrong are those who have suffered the oppression. But world-changing leadership needs to come from allies as well as those who suffer, or activism cannot succeed in changing a damaged culture. Whatever the cause, whatever the oppression, alliances must be made between leaders from privileged […]