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How unfortunate that our popular ideas of what a good leader should be are so often grandiose. Through current media, television and movies, we expect perfection; a leader is strong, fearless and flawless. If we believe that myth, they should be superheroes, royalty and saviors all rolled into one.
So we become disappointed when our leaders reveal themselves only human.[…] Continue Reading »
I just saw “Iron Man 3″ with my family, and it was a good time. Bad guys. Good guys. Destruction. Even humble pie big enough to go around. As I enjoyed the pyrotechnics and good-guy triumph, however, I was reminded of how completely our comic books reinforce the most unhelpful of bad boy leadership stereotypes.
In the three-part saga of “Iron Man,” Tony Stark is the lovable cad, the Hamlet-esque heir to the throne who takes his place as King by killing off his crown-aspiring uncle through brute force — in robot suits.[…] Continue Reading »
Michael O’Malley and William Baker are the co-authors of “Every Leader Is An Artist,” which proposes a template of baseline leadership qualities and shows just how interconnected they are with the qualities of great art. I recently asked them about their book, the lessons within it and the state of leadership today.
For all the scandals and failures, many fallen leaders are not held fully to financial and legal account, and the golden parachute has not been eradicated.[…] Continue Reading »
When we think of the ideal leader, we tend to think of a standard set of traits: extroverted, decisive, intelligent and even tall. Here’s one more we may have to add to the list: guilt prone.
Stanford professor Francis Flynn and his doctoral student Rebecca Schaumberg say that guilt-prone individuals may make better leaders. In their study, they administered personality tests to groups of four or five people.[…] Continue Reading »
Many organizations have something they call “leadership competencies” that are a set of key behaviors for their leaders. These are traits that organizational leaders are expected to aspire to (and take on) in the way they lead. These competencies may include such things as dealing with ambiguity, being agile, managing conflict or promoting teamwork. They’re important abilities and ones that any good leader would like to express.[…] Continue Reading »