Lessons on Leadership
is a resource for provoking ideas
and action while reconciling the two.
by Dr. James Bailey, PHD
Feature: Great Leaders & Their Environments
How Darwin answers why the person and
the situation require crucial alignment.
Lessons on Leadership
Knits today with tomorrow
with yesterday to inform those that lead and
those who counsel those that lead.
Feature: Why the Heroes?
These are the reasons why the best of the best endure.
Lessons on Leadership
is about thought leadership about leading thoughtful leaders.
Feature: A Leadership Vector
Why Good and Great Leadership Are Not Related.
By Dr. James Bailey
"Lessons on Leadership, with all of its resources essays and exchange, will provoke new ideas and help you open your perspectives to new possibilities.
Read it, spend time reflecting on it, and tell others!"Richard Boyatzis, Distinguished University ProfessorCase Western Reserve University
Gap years for high school and college graduates has exploded in the last decade. So much so that organizing gaps years has become a cottage industry. But what about full-fledged adult professionals? Would they benefit from a gap year? Yes, but it must be intentional and focused on reorientation and renewal.
Government regulation has long been anathema to corporate America, but not so much that it has stopped a chorus of executives in recent months from calling for the regulation of Facebook and other technology behemoths. Is it fair that different standards should apply to different companies?
At this week’s Milken Institute Global Conference, CEOs from five of the world’s most respected companies discussed how to navigate a changing world filled with volatility and uncertainty. The executives represented companies that are not the hothouse disruptors of the technology industry, but some of the world’s largest corporate titans — EY, Goldman Sachs, General Mills, Siemens USA and Viacom. And that’s what made these CEO’s responses all the more interesting.
Women’s issues in corporate America are on center stage. Topics such as the number of women among senior executives and pay differences between genders are news stories that resonate have become the subject of policy debate. But “big law,” an industry nickname for the nation’s hundred largest law firms, largely has avoided this attention.
In the 1999 film The Matrix, the sage Morpheus offered the neophyte Neo a bargain. He presented two pills, one red, one blue. One brought enlightenment, one obliviousness. In the political landscape of today, it seems as if everyone has accepted that bargain and swallowed one or the other pill. Whether red or blue pill is incidental. It’s irrevocable. There’s no turning back.
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To understand why the deal on the government shutdown and border security reached by Congress, and signed by the President, succeeded the second time, it’s a must to understand why it failed the first time. As Santayana extolls, “those that ignore history are destined to repeat it.” In today’s news cycle, a month ago is history.
The World Economic Forum’s annual Davos gathering—the most celebrated of all the international policy conferences—is so coveted an invitation that it is on the bucket list of almost every industry executive and government leader with global ambitions.
Conventional wisdom would have it that university leaders as seen as more reformist that business leaders. The underlying logic is that universities are in the vanguard of social movements, whereas businesses favor the status-quo. Counter-intuitively, research shows just the opposite; that CEOs are seen as more progressive than Deans.
CEO’s have generally been a shy lot, not wanting to draw attention to themselves or their firms. Quarterly earnings reports were enough publicity. CEO’s were, traditionally, all about business. But that’s changed over the last few years. CEO’s are not just in the spotlight, but they seem to purse. Doing so may be ill-advised.