Tag Archives: visionary

July 4: #Diversity is #AntiTerrorism

When I ask “What does it mean to be free?” everyone seems to have a different answer, because each of us has different goals, different hungers. Honoring that difference is what makes democracy work, and democracy works because we negotiate differences rather than imposing one vision on everyone. Great leaders are visionary enough to hold […]

Creative #Leadership and #Poetry: Translating Metaphor into Action

Last week, in the Huffington Post, Faisal Hoque celebrated the power of creative leadership and the fact that there’s “poetry as well as plumbing” involved in the process. His blog is full of great ideas for creative leadership, including this rubric for making sure your business team has everything it needs by categorizing the kinds […]

Leading from Youth: Malala Yousafzai at the Indian Student Parliament

Inspiration: it’s one of the side effects for leaders who have survived dark times. Malala Yousafzai shared her messageĀ  at Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad, the Indian Student Parliament, this month in Pune. Although she had been scheduled to attend, the Sakal Times reported that security concerns forced her to make her visit via the internet. She […]

Passings: Lou Reed, American Innovator, Leading from the Wild Side

This week, we mourn the passing of a great American musical philosopher, Lou Reed. He showed up, spoke up, sang up, transformed rock n’ roll and modeled a kind of crass, independent, principled artistic leadership that deserves to be recognized. He died at 71, from liver failure. His inspiring role as an artist on the […]

GOP Leaders after the Shutdown Disaster: Can They Clean Up the Tea Party’s Toxic Spill?

Headlines and pundits are reporting that Republican leaders and the divided party are soul searching again after another Tea Party mess that alienated voters and weakened the credibility of the GOP vision for reform. But are they really going to search their political souls, as is promised, or will it be the same non-search that […]

Risk, Reward, and Trust, Oh My! Visionary Leadership Builds Value-Based Systems for Innovation

Visionary leaders hope to get everyone excited about innovation and transformation, making systemic change and new beginnings easier and more rewarding. The pragmatics of transformation, though, mean creating visionary systems that reward risk and reward, built on trust. Here’s Henry Doss, entrepreneur and blogger at Forbes, about the ways leadership and innovation fuel transformation, and […]

Visionary Pragmatism: How to Survive Your Success

One of my least favorite sayings is, “No good deed goes unpunished.” But there’s some truth in it, especially when it comes to visionary leadership. Some leaders — MLK, for example, or Joan of Arc, as in this cartoon — get punished by a resistant culture for their success, for the gift they’ve brought through […]