Tag Archives: Washington Post

Do Scandals Really Hurt Leading Men? David Petraeus New Life…

According to the Washington Post’s On Leadership blog, David Petraeus is making out like a king seven months after the scandal that titillated the US and “outed” US Military ethical problems. In April, he announced he would be joining the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College for a one-year position as a visiting […]

Lillian Cunningham on honest leadership and Andrew Mason’s farewell

There’s more to authenticity than being yourself — honesty is a refreshing part of being present in an authentic way, even during your farewell! Lillian Cunningham, the Washington Post’s “On Leadership” Blog editor, had this to say about Andrew Mason’s farewell memo when he was fired from Google last month: “Honesty and authenticity are so […]

Leading Trends: Tracking Changes in Values and Culture

Change may be inevitable, but following the leading edge of transformation often means being surprised and challenged. Here is one surprise in recent news, with a quick assessment of implications for leadership. 1. Social attitudes shift, and leadership shifts with them: according to a recent Washington Post, over the past year there has been “record […]

Sequester Cartoon: Is there such a thing as tragic childish leadership?

There are certain fundamentals we need to find common ground — and being FLEXIBLE (read MOBILE) is the most important one. When future generations look back at this crisis, they’ll say, “What the heck happened? Didn’t they even know how to tie their shoes so SOMETHING could happen? Why were they so stuck?” They’ll also […]

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 […]

Leaders who serve by telling their stories: the authenticity of witness

Authenticity has many faces… Leadership researchers talk a lot about personal authenticity based in values, and the ways those values show by what we do and how we lead, not just what we say. Although I’ve raised a red flag about using biography as authenticity in presidential campaign spin, there’s another way to look at […]

Leadership Profiles of Obama and Romney

On October 18, Jena McGregor, in the Washington Postʻs On Leadership blog series, summarizes the way Mitt Romneyʻs leadership style is being examined, as opposed to President Obamaʻs. “If the leadership profiles of Barack Obama tend to be organized around the characteristics for which the president is most known—his pragmatism, his penchant for compromise, his coolness—the ones about Mitt Romney […]

Malala Yousafzai: A Teen Leader, A World Beacon

In Islamabad, Pakistan, Taliban extremists shot 14-year old Malala Yousafzai because she was an effective leader, uniting people for education rights for girls. (See Washington Post article). The Post quoted an editorial in the News: “Malala Yousafzai is in critical condition today, and so is Pakistan….. We are infected with the cancer of extremism, and […]

Does Romney Dislike America?: Why Leaders’ Words Matter

E.J. Dionne writes in September 19th Washington Post, “Does Romney Dislike America?” “The most incisive reaction to Mitt Romney’s disparaging comments about 47 percent of us came from a conservative friend who e-mailed: “If I were you, I’d wonder why Romney hates America so much.” A bit strong, perhaps. But the more you think about what Romney said, the […]

Fact Check Your Leadership Judgements! Mitt Romneyʻs 47% Speech

Viral Video: Whatʻs a Potential Leader to Do? Itʻs hit the news hard: Mitt Romney called 47% of Americans deadbeats at a May fundraiser! (Leaked yesterday to the press and the world via YouTube). Or did he? Is that what he meant? Maybe, maybe not. Before you take my word for anything, check out  the video […]