To me, leadership trends in the past were more about aggressive strengths when leaders held the ideals of power, control, innovation, resilience, courage and effectiveness as the most positive attributes. While a leader’s tool belt could contain these ideals, the research about emotional intelligence and resonant leadership acknowledges a leader’s compassion. For some, compassion’s subjective nature makes […]
I have been discussing characteristics of emotionally and relationally healthy leadership using Resonant Leadership by Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee. The authors have described hopefulness, a key quality to leadership, as significant for anyone who attempts to grow, achieve or even heal. Without hope there is little capacity for positive emotions in any life role.
In recent decades the research on emotional intelligence has been prominent regarding leadership. Authors like Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee have provided excellent information about resonant leadership in practice.
I have been writing about leadership, focusing on leadership for nonprofits. While leaders of all organizations face challenges, leaders of nonprofits face some specific ones. Like leaders in other organizations, we deal with the same economic conditions, but because we rely on outside funding, we also succumb to trends that may reduce or even eliminate our capacity to exist.
One tension within any business or non-profit organization is growth versus quality—relative to our assurance as to how we function in our respective spheres of influence.
Several years ago, I read a book about leadership that introduced the idea of sociological grace. I was struck that grace could be a sociological and environmental concept within an organization. Traditionally, the term grace is used in faith-based environments and usually refers to God’s gracious gifts to each of us, even though we are undeserving.
We discuss leadership in regard to caring for children. Because a leader (of a company, organization, agency, school or group) is uniquely positioned as responsible for the impact of the entire organization, he/she must decide how to portray it relationally—within and outside the organization. Whether profit-driven or nonprofit and mission-driven, one key issue denoting success is how leadership […]
It is clear from the spiraling negative statistics of child abuse, neglect and violence in our country that we have a great deal of work to do in order to meet the needs of our children and families. While some help can be provided through family members, we must understand that we need seasoned professionals […]
There are over 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States. Most are doing valuable work that relate to children, families, at-risk populations, victims of trauma and others in need who will benefit from what nonprofits have to offer. However, challenges have never been greater for nonprofits to survive and continue their valuable missions.
In Pennsylvania, we have experienced a very difficult set of circumstances regarding the education of our students. Due to economic issues facing our state, over $800 million has been cut from the educational budgets. These cuts have left our elementary, middle and high schools in financial crisis. The crisis resulted in the need to cut some programs and […]