How You Can Lead With Courage03/23/15
I sat next to Carolyn, a retired history teacher on a plane out of DC last week. She’s got a cool job: between February and June, she leaves her home in Dayton almost every week and heads to DC or Williamsburg or sometimes Boston, […]
How to Grow Your Leadership Mindset
Carol Dweck a long-time Stanford psychologist burst onto the scene with Mindset: The New Psychology of Success at the end of 2007. It’s been around for a long while, it will be around for a much longer while, and I finally got around to reading […]
How Everyday Leadership Turns Magnificent
(I am interpreting, fairly I hope, an incident that happened this past Thursday night. For insight from one of the principals, you can watch a Detroit Free Press interview here.) It usually starts bad. Often, really bad. Like this past Thursday: Two...
The Dress and Success as a Leader
The dress to the left has become the hottest mess in the west. While to many it certainly appears to be gold and white, to others it’s blue and black. Really. I mean, really. You may think this is a joke, because you so clearly […]
Read this at 2:00 PM
Today’s approach to “leading with our best self,” is entirely practical. Biologically so. In January I began my fourth semesterof teaching “Holistic Leadership” to law, public policy and other graduate students at UC Berkeley. With the three prior...
Finding Your Inner President
Who’s your favorite modern President? Was it their temperament or politics or a stand they took? Or was it some other yardstick you’d use to measure them? They all present one massive truth about leadership. Oh, my gosh, it’s hard and thankless. Here,...
Just What Does it Mean to Lead With Your Best Self?
I have been signing-off Reading for Leading for 15 years with the line “lead with your best self.” What do I mean by that? And, more importantly, what do you take from it? Here is perhaps the acid test of leading with your best self. […]
Find Your Sweet Spot and Focus – From Dr. Christine Carter
Thanks for the amazing range of comments to last week’s RFL about how you find your sweet spot (I used random.org to choose three book winners from the 76 submissions). Today I am lending RFL to Dr. Christine Carter for her thoughts: I’ve loved...
How do YOU Get Into Your Sweet Spot – and win a free copy of the book
Last week I wrote about one of the key lessons I am learning from The Sweet Spot by Dr. Christine Carter. You’ll recall that the point of her book — subtitled How to Find Your Groove at Work and Home – is to help her […]
How to Find Your Leading SWEET SPOT
When my awesome 84-year old mom routinely answers my question, “How are you, Mom?” by saying, “I’m just so busy.” And when my friend’s YPO (Young Presidents Organization) group is holding a retreat on dealing with “the rat race,” I think, “Whoa! We’re...
Two Things to Make Your Goals Work For You
Last week, I suggested that you take YOUR route to annual goal-setting. Maybe your verb is to “hope,” or “intend” or a “commit” to those goals. Robert Fritz, whose work I greatly admire,* balked at my offering of verbs. He argued that I missed the […]
New Year – New You – Put it Out There
I have arrogantly written my first law of leadership. In honor of ancient languages like Hebrew and Arabic, my law reads “backwards.” Because to do something backwards requires intention and focus. Thus, Mulhern’s First Law of Leadership: tfeL oTthgiR...
PROVE or IMPROVE – My pride in the 99
You can make the same shift as 99 students of whom I am greatly proud. They inspire me to make the same choice that I commend to you today. They chose to improve, rather than to prove. I’ve had a 100 undergrads this semester. I […]
Leading — Into the Holidays – 5 Simple Tips
Leaders always lead in context. But context we forget. So, here are 5 simple reminders as our context is shorter days, dropping temperatures, and some mounting pressures. Finish strong by clarifying realistic yet stretch goals. Re-read that sentence...
Leading and Bias
As I thought about Reading for Leading this week, I asked someone, “Is there anything else to say about Ferguson?” They said, “No!” We’re weary, aren’t we? Weary of the ripping story we’ve had with us since the ’60s, since, well since the Civil War,...
5 Things Leaders Do When Emotions Are High
Last week, I noted that any leadership problem that’s worth its salt will have emotion bursting through it. Whether that problem’sa “rebellious teenager,” the Israelis and Palestinians, employee layoffs, or controversial strategy. I asked your...
If Emotional Leadership Isn’t an Oxymoron
A week ago today a 20-year old man was found dead in a fraternity on campus. I felt compelled to touch on it in my leadership class. All sixty of my students write papers weekly that reflect their desire to lead and grow as leaders. […]
Celebrating a Veteran – Questioning our Assumptions
One of the favorite classes I teach is on giving feedback. It’s an art. And it’s a science, whose inner laws were taught me by my friend and mentor Mary Ann Hastings. I keep learning to “paint” with the feedback brush and to refine my […]
Stupid Rules – How to Figure if Yours Are
A “Reading for Leading” reader — I’ll call her Ann — pushed back in a private email to me. She wrote these two paragraphs: In a future newsletter, you may want to distinguish between rules to be broken and those that should be honored. To […]
Why is it so hard to get people to take initiative?
I asked my students this question: “How many times were you told to take a risk or break a rule by a teacher in a classroom?” “Call it out,” I said, and I cupped my hand behind my ear and looked down to concentrate on […]
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