We've all heard about the "power of positive thinking," but flick on the news, and you'll see the world seems to prefer tuning in to the negative most of the time. Where's the good stuff? The answer: It's everywhere. It's free of charge, too.
Our observations of urban system leadership over the past dozen years suggest several opportunities for improving the impact of school district leaders:
All leaders at some point in their career are faced with a sword they must either pick up and use to continue the great fight, or instead, recognize their reign is over, smile, give thanks for the opportunity of service, and fearlessly succumb for the greater good.
Leaders need to listen carefully to their staff. While staff members may have come to a different conclusion than you would have given the facts involved, their advice should be followed unless you feel strongly they are wrong.
Ten years, 20 years or more into our career, how many of us take the time to consciously step back and ask ourselves about our communication style?
Have you ever wondered what today's business leaders think about? Tough questions must be asked almost every day in order to keep the business running smoothly.
Is seems trite and perhaps overused to use the phrase "walking the talk", but truly, this phrase stands the test of time for an executive in terms of building trust with a team.
There seem to be two primary blocks to engaging in loving leadership within our organizations. The first has to do with our beliefs and the second is based on our limited or limiting definitions.
You have to be consistent in how you present yourself -- to the point where you don't mind being "guilty of repeating yourself." If you abandon the consistency, people will get confused and the perception you are trying to change will get muddied by conflicting evidence that you are just the same as you were.
Witnessing peers and co-workers leverage technology to become successful employees and entrepreneurs, today's employees are widely creative, entrepreneurial thinkers, looking for employment opportunities where they can stretch their innovative wings within their department, work and job.
If you are in a leadership position, especially if you are a CEO or other C-level executive, you should recognize that the position wields a tremendous amount of power and influence.
They aren't the uni-dimensional individuals their online mug shots might suggest, but rather living, breathing, thinking and feeling human beings with aspirations, abilities and of course, regrets. It was a powerful reminder that we need not be defined by our circumstances.
The reasons to expand always sound strategically good. They might well be, but if the core is shaky, then you are building on a bad foundation. And that is a recipe for disaster.
The purpose of "Profiles in Leadership" is to recognize the many women who are running for political seats or who have been elected and are doing the important work of being leaders in their communities. The second purpose is to inspire women of every age to run for office.
To be truly effective and powerful, to have the social impact needed to reverse dangerous environmental trends impacting climate, ocean life, human life, forests, energy resources and all of Earth's ecosystems, collaboration and inclusion are essential.
An intraprenueur is someone who takes an entrepreneurial approach from within a large organization. Someone who challenges conventional thinking to drive innovation, creative thinking and new ways of approaching business.