Criticism and occasional nastiness aren’t flaws in our politics; they’re features. So how do you handle the insults that come with public life? Techniques can help. But great leaders draw on something deeper, which is temperament.
Seeing the opportunity for change is the genius of leadership and often involves finding paths that are hidden to everyone else. Herding people through those passages is the practice of leadership. Here’s how to be better at the genius parts of leadership.
You cannot reform an organization without the support of those who work in it. But to gain that support, you must give up the habit of blaming others when things go wrong and persuade others to give up the habit as well. Only then can you pinpoint problems and begin fixing them . . . as a team.
Super-civic leaders – those whose deaths make front-page news – have something to teach the rest of us about bringing valuable resources to civic work, putting in the time, and being authentic.
What is the role of a blue-ribbon committee chair? To make sure the committee succeeds. Normally, that means keeping your opinions to yourself, but as a recent example shows, there are exceptions.