In my last article, some considered me a little blasphemous when I asked: Was Steve Jobs a Leadership Dinosaur?
The Boomer Guide to Transparent Leadership. Do you know the line between Transparency and TMI?
In British Columbia, Canada there’s a city called Burnaby where mayoral hopeful wanted to kiss public displays of affection goodbye. Sylvia Gung was running for major in the fall 2014 Mayoral elections on campaign promises of “banning behaviors that hint sex/sexuality, even including Bridal Kiss and walking hand in hand…” behavior that she said; hurt public decorum.
Do you want to guess what generation Sylvia belongs to? Here’s a clue; it certainly isn’t generation Y (Millennial)! Just to be clear, Sylvia Gung didn’t become Mayor! Why? Her campaign was based on her own preferences/beliefs, and therefore she hadn’t considered that for those who would vote her “issue” was Not theirs. Bottom line when we don’t fully consider and understand those we serve we end up not serving them.
It appears that Boomer (and GenX’er) Bosses Need Guide to Transparent Leadership…
When we think of Leadership and Leadership Development, it is rare to think of a leader as a hero, particularly, in contemporary times.
Unfortunately, the leaders we see are often the anti-hero; men and women who lack the real characteristics–and character–that our world so desperately needs.
While it’s easy to be an anti-hero, becoming a true hero is a more challenging path.
What It Means to Be A Leader…As A Man
For Leadership to evolve we must face the limitations of our own conditioning.
Fathers day is a day set aside to honor our fathers. Yet so many boys and girls grow up without a father. When I say “without” I am not simply speaking of fathers who turned their backs to walked away. I am also speaking of fathers who bought the role, the conditioning they were given, and as such became the kind of father who was little more than a warm body in the home. As such we must ask ourselves; can we truly say we are a ‘father” when two-thirds of our being is not present (the emotional and mental)?