Humble Leadership Archive

  • Can you find yourself in these tales of heroic leadership?

    “Leaders go first.” A tautology? In a sense yes, because it’s definitional that leaders stand apart. But my friends Kouzes and Posner in The Leadership Challenge stand this “going first” on its head. They don’t mean “goes first” because he or she is brimming with […]

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  • Leading Through Division

    Could Trump Kaepernick and the NFL teach us all something about leading in our own individual, collective and sometimes divisive lives? I think so. If you haven’t been following the National Football League, a controversy began over a year ago when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin […]

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  • How to Lead a Subordinate to Become a Partner – Part 3

    In a continuing series on the power of creating partnerships – including with those who are “below” us. Recap:  For the past two weeks I have been writing about how it’s possible to turn (nearly every) top-down relationship into a partnership, and that doing so […]

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  • The Anti-Trump – One Minute of Humble and Powerful Inspiration for Everyday Leaders

    In preparing to facilitate a session on vision with an amazing group of women leaders recently, I found the splendid one-minute clip below.  Twenty years ago you couldn’t have found it, unless perhaps you scraped through recording archives of the Library of Congress.  Today, we […]

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  • How Everyday Leadership Turns Magnificent

    (I am interpreting, fairly I hope, an incident that happened this past Thursday night. For insight from one of the principals, you can watch a Detroit Free Press interview here.) It usually starts bad. Often, really bad. Like this past Thursday: Two guys come up […]

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