What’s Your Leadership Edge?

I don’t think leadership happens very often. It’s rare. Why? Because exercising leadership – mobilizing others to tackle difficult work – puts us on the edge of our capabilities. Leadership is risky. People would rather you not mobilize them to work on tough stuff,...

United by the need for progress, patience

What does the Kansas Leadership Center have to offer to people in a developing country who are passionate about the common good? With that question in mind and eager for adventure, faculty member Tim Steffensmeier and I traveled to Myanmar in Southeast Asia during the...

Almost Nine Years in The Making

Nine years ago, I was trying to figure out what exactly people meant when they said “leadership.” Come to find out it means different things to different folks. So then I had to decide what would it mean to the fledging Kansas Leadership Center, an institution I was...

From The Journal: The Kansas Flag

RALLY ROUND THE FLAG? GREAT FLAGS SHOULD BE SO SIMPLE EVEN A CHILD COULD DRAW THEM. HOW DOES THE KANSAS FLAG STACK UP?   Let’s have a conversation about the Kansas state flag. Chances are you’ve seen our flag before. It’s been with us, after all, for nearly 90 years....

It’s how you play the game

When dealing with tough issues, process matters Editor’s Note: A version of this column ran in the Spring 2015 edition of The Journal. You can read this issue, which explores the connections between the arts and leadership, here: klcjr.nl/springissue2015 There...