Servant leadership Archive

  • Improv Your Way to Being a Winner-Leader

    There’s a wonderful movie out called Don’t Think Twice. It’s directly about Improv  — so enjoy some very funny scenes. Yet it moves beyond Improv to Improv’s relationship with mainstream “show business.”  And, as Keegan-Michael Key shared with Stephen Colbert it actually moves well beyond that […]

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  • How Can You Lead When You’re Unsure

    I invite my students to begin the semester by writing about what would make this their Best Class Ever. You could think, I suppose about what could make this your best summer ever (need that be impossible?). Perhaps best ever “family summer,” or best ever “work […]

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  • Mom Leadership

    Today’s RFL is a “best of” edition.  I feel as strongly as the day I wrote it. I was just talking to a good friend and his 9th grade son, and while “pops” was distracted by another conversation, I asked the younger: “Who’s the leader […]

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  • Not You

    Here’s a simple thought — maybe for the week. Maybe for the day.  Maybe for just now: What if you forget about everything YOU have to do this week? Forget about your top 3 goals (What, you don’t write your top 3 goals every week?). […]

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  • A Story of Human, Humbling, H-Amazing Everyday Leadership

    Longtime readers of Reading for Leading know that I tell (perhaps way too many) stories from my own experiences leading. Specifically, leading in the place that matters most to me — leading my children. I take consolation in the fact that I try to be transparent, especially […]

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  • Who’s the Leader – Your Mom or Your Dad

    I was just talking to a good friend and his 9th grade son, and I asked the youngster: “Who’s the leader in your house — your mom or your dad?” His mom who’s been largely stay-at-home is now re-entering the work force. His dad is […]

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  • Gandhi December Wisdom

    In these doubly busy times, I’m striving to keep it simple. Here’s my favorite quote from Mohandas Gandhi and a few quick thoughts about it: “The more efficient a force is, the more silent and the more subtle it is. Love is the subtlest force in […]

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  • Simple Inspiration

    I first met Barbara Lee ten years ago.  My wife had been talking about this amazing woman who was relentlessly dedicated to identifying, recruiting, supporting, and coaching great women to run for elective office.  Jennifer doesn’t think she’d have gotten elected without Barbara’s encouragement and […]

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  • Monday Inspiration from Bones and Lefty

    Are you, as I am in middle age, drawn to enchanted memories of early years? I can see, even smell certain places I haven’t been in 40 years. So my brother Pat repeatedly says to me, “Danny, we’ve got to go back and play Birmingham […]

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  • What’s YOUR Style of Everyday Leadership?

      Our marvelous friend Jeanne Gallo invited six of her husband’s law school classmates from ’86, and Jennifer and me, and our spouses and children to their summer cottage for the 4th of July. She had no idea when she issued the invites that tragedy […]

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