Do you trust your intuition?

Do you trust your intuition?

“The leader needs three intellectual abilities that may not be assessed in an academic way: one needs to have a sense for the unknowable, to be prepared for the unexpected, and to be able to foresee the unforeseeable,” so says Robert Greenleaf in his book The Power of Servant Leadership. Sounds like a tall order, almost like a description of a super hero right out of the comic book pages. But...

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Why Go It Alone?

Why Go It Alone?

In their book ‘The Accidental Leader’, authors Robbins and Finley write: “No one leads alone. Leaders who do their jobs are continually consulting with others. They are always plugged in to other people. They use others as mentors, as peer review panels, as confidants to bounce ideas off. They schmooze, they copy, they complain. They listen, they steal. Sometimes they just turn...

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Individual Rights vs. Common Good

Individual Rights vs. Common Good

There has always been a tension in the American character between individual rights and the common good. While we’ve loved and admired John Wayne striking out on his own with just a horse and a rifle, we’ve also known that the wagon train couldn’t make it across the plains unless we all stuck together. So writes Walter Bennis in On Becoming a Leader. In the early 1800’s...

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Emotional Intelligence – how’s yours?

Emotional Intelligence – how’s yours?

Walter Bennis in the introduction of his book On Becoming a Leader lists the Four Essential Competencies of a Leader. The ability to engage others by creating shared meaning Having a distinctive voice Having integrity The ability of adaptive capacity Having a Distinctive Voice is further described as a cluster of traits such as Purpose, Self-Confidence, and a Sense of Self. He then adds “the...

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