Posts tagged with the category Leadership
Nested Social Change
A number of months ago, I posted something on what I called "The Dimensions of Social Space," the gist of which was the proposal that we are called to tend to different dimensions of our social being in our change work—the autonomous/individual, the communal/collective, and the transcendant/"divine." When I wrote...
Mindsets, Roles, and Much, Much More
I have been engaged in a conversation on the Harvard Business Review website that was sparked by the question, “Interested in opinions—is a leader a role or a mindset?” The question was posed by Joan Kofodimos, a partner at Teleos Consulting in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. I would suggest that posing an either/or question...
Leaders as Multidimensional Thinkers
It is common knowledge that today’s business, nonprofit, and government professionals need to be situational leaders; that is, possess a portfolio of leadership styles and have the ability to manage situations with the appropriate method. One approach no longer works, if it ever did, for all occasions. Nor is it breaking news that the world...
Leadership Lessons Learned from the Presidential Election
As I turned on the TV yesterday evening to watch the election results, I didn’t know what to expect. The polls were too close to give a confident advantage to either candidate and, given recent history, it was plausible that either candidate could have won. Reflecting on what emerged during the evening, I began thinking about what we could...
From Being Right to Doing the Right Thing: My First Lesson in Designing Organizations to Fulfill Our Intentions
In the presidential campaign, I have been struck by how much the dialogue is about what people are “for” and how little we talk about how to do what we want. As if being “for” the right things led to a clear path to success. Indeed, our president is faulted for proposing the right ideas and making promises, but not being...
"Bioneering" the New World
Imagine a different world. Imagine a world where we can solve all the problems that plague humanity. Imagine a world where we learn how to live within the limits of our planet and co-exist in harmony with all living creatures. Imagine a world with new organizations and new cultures that honor our individual gifts and soul paths, and celebrate our...
Systemic Leadership, Anyone?
For some time now, I've been on a diet. Not a food diet, a news diet. I've made a conscious decision to purposely stay away from all the CNNs, CBSs, ABCs, NBCs, FOXs, and any other local stations or cable networks peddling news on the small screen as much as possible. As a former print journalist and recovering news junkie, abstaining from...
Making Sense of Leadership
We can agree that concepts such as leading, leader, and leadership are socially constructed. That is, we cannot reach out and touch leadership, but we often behave as if this and related terms mean the same to us. There are countless articles on leadership that use these terms interchangeably. This is not serving us as students of leadership very...
The Leader Recipe
Susan Cain, perhaps ironically, has become the voice of introversion. She is the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. In January of this year, Cain wrote a provocative piece for the New York Times disparaging collaboration in our organizations as "the rise of the new groupthink." She even...
Mindfulness and The Bottom Line: Five Benefits of Mindful Leadership
Mindfulness has many benefits for brain functioning and better brain functioning equals better leadership. Here are five ways mindful leadership benefits organizational results. 1. Mindful leaders are less reactive. Being less reactive enables the frontal lobes to go into action, which equates to better analysis and better decisions. Better...
Leadership Development: What’s It Worth?
I’ll be travelling to Chicago next week to meet with a prospective insurance industry client. I’m joining Lisa, a sales director who has been talking with the potential client about our training programs and consulting services. The head of the company’s talent development function is interested in creating a centralized approach...
Humanizing Machiavelli and His Concept of a Good Leader
I'm going to make a bold, sacrilegious assertion in a sea of humanistic theorists: I believe Niccolò Machiavelli had it right when he defined leadership 499 years ago. ...Well, he did, in a bare bones sort of way. At the very least, he set a foundation for the plethora of leadership theories that exist today. Work with me here, all...
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