What makes someone a leader, actually? Parker Palmer, in his fascinating book Let Your Life Speak, answers that question this way: “A leader is someone with the power to project either shadow or light onto some part of the world and onto the lives of the people who dwell there.” I like this definition. It’s […]Read More The 5 Shadow-Casting Monsters of a Leader’s Inner Life
I’m not quite finished with The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. But I want to keep the book club on schedule, so I’m sharing my thoughts on it today anyway. His entire story has inspired me so far—as evidenced by the underlined passages on almost every page I’ve read! What a gift, to get […]Read More BOOK CLUB: The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
. This weekend our nation celebrates one of our history’s greatest leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Earlier this week, my friend Kristy mentioned a blog post featuring a quote from Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” I had heard quotes from the letter before, things like, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” […]Read More Thoughts on MLK’s ‘Letter From Birmingham Jail’
“The truth is, as much as we complain about it, we are drawn to hurry. It makes us feel important. It keeps the adrenaline pumping. It means we don’t have to look too closely at the heart or life. It keeps us from feeling our loneliness.” The Dangerous Women group I’m a part of is reading […]Read More An Unhurried Life
“Show me a young conservative and I’ll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old liberal and I’ll show you someone with no brains.” The quote above is often attributed to Winston Churchill. Turns out he probably didn’t ever say that. A similar phrase was first uttered by 19th-century statesman François Guizot. Whatever […]Read More If I Only Had a Brain
No doubt many of you followed the recent controversy surrounding Amy Chua’s Wall Street Journal article, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior,” which was excerpted from her new book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. For those who might have missed it, here’s a recap: Chua writes a book describing the parenting philosophy she adhered to […]Read More Taking the Teeth Out of the Tiger
A few weeks ago I posted about a time when an employee of mine experienced difficulty arriving on time for staff meetings. In my post I shared how—in hindsight—I created the perfect solution to the problem. Or so I thought. Several years ago I shared my story with a group of young leaders and asked […]Read More Efficiency Or Relationship? (Lessons From The Borg*, Part 2)