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
In our Western understanding of how to find meaning, our philosophers over the past few centuries have gravitated to logic models, trying to apply scientific method to the complex understanding of all things. Even the names of recent Western philosophies have borne such names as Rationalism, Analytical Philosophy, and Logicism. We live in an age that celebrates and reveres logic as meaning. Data and metrics are the answer. What’s the question? Continue reading
When you hear something repeatedly put forward as fact, it begins to take on a sacred truth that is hard to disprove: “The world is flat.” “Elephants have uniquely excellent memory.” “Women are more emotional than men.” And another: “Leaders are born, not made.” Continue reading
Ramon was making outstanding strides as a leader. He was identifying each of his team members’ capabilities and giving them just the right type of development. For those who were really confident and strategic, he gave them all the rope they needed to run highly visible projects – and to accept all the credit for them. As his staff achieved their wins, they needed him less to run interference with senior executives, nor even to advocate for their career growth. They were blossoming into recognized leaders themselves. Ramon was thrilled to see their progress, yet he had a gnawing question in the back of his mind: “How do I remain visible and recognized while putting others forward?” Continue reading
“Leadership development has come to a point of being too individually focused and elitist. There is a transition occurring from the old paradigm in which leadership resided in a person or role, to a new one in which leadership is a collective process that is spread throughout networks of people.” Continue reading
There are many good reasons to set personal goals for our development as leaders – skill growth, enhancement of ability to lead people, strategic thinking ability. But one question we often forget to ask ourselves in selecting our goals is, “What do I need to develop in order to lead not just today, but in the future?”
Here are three goals you may want to consider for your own development that are tuned to trends.
Common wisdom says that great leaders are born with intuitive traits that make them remarkable. But the only leg up they have on other leaders is that they practice naturally what others have to stop and think about. These leaders continually give thought to who they want to be as leaders. Five reflective questions will help you to ‘make’ yourself a great leader: Continue reading