Revisiting the Multiplier Leader

Revisiting the Multiplier LeaderThink for a moment about the best boss or mentor you ever had.  What traits made him or her so precious?  Chances are good that many of those esteemed traits would revolve around how well that boss or mentor helped you to grow as a leader in your own right, offering autonomy, encouragement, and support.  Acting as a coach and guide.  Giving opportunities to try out new skills, and making sure you succeeded in new ventures. Continue reading

Inspiring Through Stories

Inspiring Through Stories“The adventures first,” said the Gryphon in an impatient tone, “explanations take such a dreadful time.”  – Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Think about the people who have most inspired you. What was it that stimulated your enthusiasm, your passion, your connection to their message?  Chances are it was a story that made a connection for you. I watched recently with amazement at the connection between an 80-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy as the older man told his story of life in Europe during World War II. The boy went on to characterize that man as a hero. Continue reading

Where Will You Be Found?

Where Will You Be Found?Recently I was at a woman’s memorial service in which the son read a poem he had written about his mother.  In the poem he spoke to sifting through all her things – her jewelry, her mementos from countless wonderful foreign trips, her photos, her clothing, to try to ‘find’ her, and each time he noted, “and you were not there”.  But finally, he said, he found her in the indomitable spirit of her children, in the devotion of a young man from another country she had relentlessly befriended, in the warmth in the eyes of the caretakers from her final days who rapidly adopted her as family. Continue reading

Hearken Ye…..

Hearken YeIn the September 12 New York Times, OpEd columnist David Brooks wrote a refreshingly apolitical opinion piece that is a worthwhile reflection on aspects of leadership that are as pertinent today as they were in the stories that formed the Old Testament.  It’s worth a read for this reason alone. Continue reading

The Four Defining Traits of a Leader

Business Leadership Attributes and Features in LiteratureAs one young professional recently told us, it’s overwhelming trying to understand what skills to work on to become a good leader.  “Where should I start?  Where does it most pay to focus my attention?”  And indeed, look at the websites of such thought leaders as the Center for Creative Leadership and Harvard University, and you’ll find a staggering set of leadership skills to develop.  One website proudly announces “101 Leadership Skills & Traits (The Complete List)”.  No wonder our young professional feels flooded with too many potential ‘leadership skills’ to digest! Continue reading