Tag Archives: transformational

Passings: Wu Dengming, Chinese Environmental Leader

“Green, green, green, was all he thought about….” Wu Dengming, the Founder of the Chongqing Green Volunteer League and one of the most effective Chinese environmental leaders, changed hearts and minds by listening to the stories of devastation, teaching those who suffered how to cope, sharing those stories of success and failure, loss and recovery. […]

Day 63 Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA (2013)

Originally posted on civildisobedience100:
Guerilla gardening is gardening on land that the gardeners do not have legal right to use, often an abandoned site or area not cared for by anyone. It encompasses a very diverse range of people and motivations, from the enthusiastic gardener who spills over their legal boundaries to the highly political…

Enough about the Bathsheba Syndrome: Let’s Talk About King David Syndrome

The Bathsheba Syndrome in leadership thought is basically the temptation of a powerful man to step outside of morality and sin, usually sexually by committing adultery. The source of the story is the Old Testament, and it’s much in the news because of the recent David Petraeus scandal. I’ve blogged in detail about both our […]

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 […]

The Dangers of Being Extraordinary: Matt Reed on Transformational Leadership

This Inside Higher Ed blogger offers a self-limiting take on visionary leadership. Matt Reed, Community College Dean and Cultural Studies scholar, argues that “superstars come and go…. On the rare occasions when a superstar is genuine, the main issue is succession: what happens when the superstar moves on?” He seems to believe that charisma is […]

Obama’s Inaugural Address: Worth Repeating

Here is the transcript for Obama’s address today. It’s a remarkable speech because he manages to state his position, often controversial among more conservative citizens, in such a way that his platform relates to the core values of our nation. This is a rhetorical triumph. It is also a mark of his transformational leadership style […]