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...

What’s in a word? We hope it’s an on-going relationship

It’s all Greek to me. No, actually it’s Latin. I’m talking about the word “alumni.” If you’ve completed a Kansas Leadership Center program, we currently refer to you as being one of our “alumni.” This label has been raising eyebrows and keeping a few of us...

The Dad Who Paved the Way for Leadership

As children, the sacrifices that our parents make for us are not easy to recognize. Because we believe that our mom and our dad are among the few precious things in life that cannot be sad, scared or hurt. I have countless thoughts and memories of my parents. I...

The Weather and Me

Clouds rolled in. Heavy, gray; prepared to pour at any moment. What they’d pour I wasn’t quite sure. To what intensity was still to be determined. It was coming and soon. Two hours away from where I was headed, the destination ahead felt further than the destination I...