Tag Archives: transformation

A Re-Born Leader: The Story of the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama’s book on leadership (supplemented by tweets and talks and much thought and blogging) comes out of a life of discipline, struggle, exile and acute observation. His extraordinary life has led to grounded, practical insights about who we are and who we might become. Using the bio on his website as a guide […]

Leadership and Witness: In Communist China, Remembering Tiananmen Square

Monday’s Washington Post featured an article about the conundrum facing the survivors of the government attack on unarmed civilian protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989. These civilian leaders, killed or maimed, and the subsequent silence required by the government propoganda machine, means that telling the truth is dangerous. Time has not changed the official policy; […]

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 […]

The D in Leadership for Times of Change: Don’t Panic!

Leaders facing a crisis have to muster all their best qualities and skills, but the most important element of sustainable leadership is creating sustainable relationships. According to my practical lexicon, that includes (follow the links to find out more…)  LISTENING, ENGAGING FULLY, and ASKING QUESTIONS. But no matter what leaders do in the face of […]

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 […]

The “L” in Leadership: LISTEN

If there’s one thing that great leaders always do, it’s listen. I know, you’re saying, “Of course!” It’s a commonplace of management and leadership. But it’s one of those skills that makes the difference between success and failure. Visionary leaders who can’t get their message into action often lack this fundamental skill. They think the […]

A call for embodied leadership: article published in Integral Leadership Review

My article, “Leadership is a Lived Story,” a call for supporting soul resilience as part of leadership development, was just published in the Integral Leadership Review! My core argument is this: Western cultural leadership norms are all about the individual’s achievement, charisma and identity. We tend to think of our performance as a reflection of […]

Mapping the Spirit of Leadership

This blog explores the spirit of leadership — that is, what is the heart and soul of great leadership? How do we make sense of leadership failures and successes, expectations and disappointments? All of us, leaders and followers, are caught in a web of myths, challenges, visionary goals and contradictions that we must face with […]

Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma: A Leader Rises Gently

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, now a member of parliament, leads pro-democracy initiatives with dignity and strength. A woman like this makes whiny American complaints about our elected leaders seem petty and passive. We carp about lobbyists and inadequate policies and protections. And until the Occupy Movement, our protests were rather small […]

Republican leadership at a crossroads: confrontation or collaboration?

A Republican Party Divided On Thursday, Peter Wallsten of the Washington Post commented: “President Obama’s decisive victory over Mitt Romney served as a clinic in the 21st century politics.” Citing diversity of voters as the source of Democratic dominance, Wallstein describes “little consensus on how to regroup,” with party members divided between greater conservatism and […]