Tag Archives: trust

Michael Cohen’s Awkward Turnaround: Can Bad Leaders Change Their Ways?

Rep. Paul Gosar (R Arizona) accused Michael Cohen of selfishness and untrustworthiness, noting that he doesn’t deserve to be believed in his current testimony because, after all, “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire,” (quoting the sign behind his chair).  Granted, this childish poke at Cohen is more a silly twitter meme to entertain people uninterested in […]

You Must Confront These 4 Uncomfortable Truths About Trust

4 uncomfortable truths, indeed — especially “trust means letting go of control.” Hard for leaders and co-leaders and followers alike. Between the pulsing “I want” of our ambition and the fearful “is it enough?” of our secret thoughts, control feels like the solution to keep us on track. But it’s not, really — trust is. […]

How to Lead a Better Meeting: Kellogg’s Leigh Thompson on Common Collaboration Mistakes and Solutions

One of the oldest leadership gaffes in the book is to do things the way they’ve always been done, especially when it comes to meetings. If we really want to empower collaboration and generate great ideas we can act on as a team, old-school meeting strategies have to go. According to Kellogg School of Management […]

A Bow to the Leadership Goddess: the AAUW on the “Athena Doctrine”

The AAUW leadership blog offered a compelling profile of a new publication honoring an ancient story — the Athena Doctrine, a tip of the hat to women’s particular wisdom in contemporary culture and organizations. I’ve written extensively about the Bathsheba Syndrome, a warning to leaders tempted by false security and arrogance. But here, we have […]

The Giving Leader: Is Generosity Naive or Necessary?

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank The famous diarist Anne Frank, whose short, enthusiastic life was cut short in a Nazi concentration camp, became a role model after her death. But now, school children read her diary as a way to grasp the human story behind the Holocaust. This quote crossed […]

Rob Ford and Leaders Gone Wild: the Bathsheba Syndrome or a Crisis of Authenticity?

Yesterday, I wrote about the general mayhem of Rob Ford’s public life and the leadership crisis in Toronto, Canada. Ford has now been stripped of his executive powers, and his staff and office budget have been reduced to a shell. According to Bloomberg Business Week, “Although he may be the most ridiculed politician in the […]

We are all shapeshifters! It’s time to evolve into shapeshifter leaders with integrity.

In mythic terms, shapeshifters are often thought of as troublemakers. They can hide their true identity and sneak around. That makes them untrustworthy, because you can’t really see who they are. They’re inconsistent, in the most magical way possible, changing their appearance and making us believe they are one thing, when they really are another. […]