True North

George, Bill with Peter Sims. True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2007. True North is the internal compass that guides you successfully through life. It represents who you are as a human being at your deepest level. It is your orienting point–your fixed point in a spinning world–that helps you stay on […]

Robert K. Greenleaf

Frick, Don M, foreword by Peter M. Senge, & afterword by Larry C. Spears. Robert K. Greenleaf: A Life of Servant Leadership. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2004. Becoming a human being, and preparing a foundation for leadership, starts with developing the capacity to see what we have not seen before. If this capacity is […]

Greater Than Yourself

Farber, Steve, foreword by Patrick Lencioni and Matthew Kelly. Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership. New York: Doubleday, 2009 …real leadership is not about calling yourself “leader;” rather, it’s about taking up the cause to change some piece of the world for the better. Real leadership, in other words, is an extreme […]

The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization

Drucker, Peter with Jim Collins. The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization. Third Edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008. Planning is frequently misunderstood as making future decisions, but decisions exist only in the present. You must have overarching goals that add up to a vision for the future, but the immediate […]

Leadership Is an Art

De Pree, Max. Leadership Is an Art. New York: Currency, 2004. One of the particular skills that leaders are required to exemplify in practice is the indispensable knack for building and nurturing relationships. Authentic leaders see it as part of their calling to guide a group or organization in designing the kind of community they […]

Should You Be On The Leadership Team?

Who should be on the Leadership Team and what qualifies them for the role? Not everyone on the agency staff or Board is a good candidate for membership on the Leadership Team, although most people think they would make effective Team members. For this reason, Team members are specifically recruited and not added on a […]

Avoid The Johny-Come-Lately

Distributing assignments efficiently is a science in its own right, and a proactive leader does it well. Being sure the right people are assigned to the right tasks is where it starts. It goes on to include being sure things are done in the right order, at the right time. The science of efficiency expands […]

Appreciative Inquiry

Cooperrider, David L. and Diana Whitney. Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated, 2005. … Cooperrider, David L., Diana Whitney, Jacqueline M. Stavros, with Foreword by Ronald Fry. Appreciative Inquiry: Handbook for Leaders of Change. Second Edition. Brunswick, OH: Crown Custom Publishing, Incorporated, 2008. Companies all too often call for […]

Pause to Consider: Leadership and Ethics

You are a member of your agency’s Leadership Team. Consider these brief scenarios and how you would handle them? You are a program manager with a neighborhood center providing a variety of services for neighborhood residents. Jerry is an adolescent client who was expelled from your after school tutoring program due to an incident where […]

3 Tips For Proactive Leaders

Get the resources needed to get the job done. A leader’s job is to facilitate the team’s success. Being sure available resources are sufficient for success is, in turn, the leaders responsibility. There may be others on the team who have tasks and assignments related to resource development, but if the resources are not there […]

The Soul of Leadership

Chopra, Deepak. The Soul of Leadership: Unlocking Your Potential for Greatness. New York: Harmony Books, 2010. We all have a still place inside us that is the source of everything that gives our lives meaning. This is the soul, and it is the place great leaders turn to for their inspiration, and for the answers […]

The Leadership Pipeline

Charan, Ram, Stephen Drotter, and James L. Noel. The Leadership Pipeline: How to Build the Leadership Powered Company. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001. There is little acknowledgment that different levels of leadership exist and that people need to make skill and value transitions at each level. Relatively few organizations are thinking about the core competencies and […]

Positive Organizational Scholarship

Cameron, Kim S., Jane E. Dutton, and Robert E. Quinn. Positive Organizational Scholarship: Foundations of a New Discipline. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2003. For the sake of contrast, now imagine another world in which almost all organizations are typified by appreciation, collaboration, virtuousness, vitality, and meaningfulness. Creating abundance and human well-being are key indicators […]

A Primer on Organizational Behavior

Bowditch, James L. and Anthony F. Buono. A Primer on Organizational Behavior. Sixth Edition. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2005. Business ethics constitute a way of translating values into appropriate behaviors that respond to the realities of daily life. There also seems to be an ethical theory to justify virtually every form of behavior–from teleological […]

Leadership Banking

The leadership connection is a give and take relationshipage Think of each interaction between the Leadership Team member and a stakeholder as a transaction. The connection is an accumulation of transactions over time. During each transaction, the Team member T and the stakeholder S benefit from the interpersonal contact. This adds a little to the […]