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,...

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...

What’s your all-time favorite cover of The Journal?

What’s your all-time favorite cover of The Journal? Later this spring, the Kansas Leadership Center’s feature magazine will publish its 16th issue. To celebrate, we’re taking a look back at our past covers, starting with our first issue in Spring 2009....

Road map to a better future

I thought I knew where I was going. But it turns out a glance or two at the map of Seville, Spain, online a few days before wasn’t quite enough to give me a firm sense of how to get to the hostel where I staying. So, I wandered the streets of the city in the dark,...

A Book Review of “For the Common Good”

If you aspire to make a difference in your community, For the Common Good: Redefining Civic Leadership urges you to step forward. If you doubt your authority or capability, Ed O’Malley and David Chrislip will boost your confidence. Their premise that “leadership is an...

Turning more than just a page

I’ll admit it. I’m a bookworm. I avidly read both fiction and non-fiction. My house is filled with shelves (and boxes) of books. I eagerly await the lists touting the best book of the year, so that I can add to my collection and get a sense of what...