Until recently,* “leaders” were primarily white, male, educated and wealthy. While we’re now seeing people who look different filling more positions of authority, are these leaders actually behaving or leading differently than their predecessors? This moment in history provides a wonderful opportunity to examine what leadership means and what it looks like. Leadership is changing … Continue reading Want Different Results? Change Your Definition of Leadership

Narcissistic, grandiose, vulgar, disagreeable and nasty are just a few of the Donald Trump descriptors that immediately populate a Google search for the Republican Presidential nominee. His supporters want to talk about “an American success story” or real-estate mogul with a “knack for business.” Love him or hate him he is a man that rarely … Continue reading The Election’s Long Shadow

The iconic scene from the movie, A Few Good Men, in which Col. Jessup shouts, “You can’t handle the truth!” during cross-examination, has become a cultural touchstone for the moments that bring us to the brink of wanting the truth to be known but being uncertain about our ability to deliver or hear it. Most … Continue reading You Can Handle the Truth

A presidential election year creates an opportunity for a Washington Beltway ex-pat living in Southern California to have a lot of interesting conversations. With California’s presidential primary upon us, hardly a day goes by without someone asking me what the heck is going on with this presidential election and why it has gone so wrong. … Continue reading In Politics, Leadership is Only as Strong as Its Constituents

Creating the best job for you is not a pipe dream or only for the lucky few. We have much more ability to create an ideal fit than most of us realize. Leaders lead lives of impact and meaning because they know whom they are and what they want to contribute. Tweet this thought! All … Continue reading Looking for your Dream Job? “Wrong” Turns Could Lead You in the Right Direction

With our political system in upheaval, instability in our education, housing and health care infrastructure and changes to the way we work—it is no wonder people crave a sense of stability. Everywhere I go, people talk about how quickly time seems to be passing, how the days are flying by and changes in our lives … Continue reading Why “Focus” is Fool’s Gold

According to Robert Samuelson’s recent Washington Post column, one of the real culprits of our country’s current economic ills is the issue of low growth in productivity. Slow growth in productivity equates to slow growth in wages. In the 2016 presidential election, the candidates who are talking about stagnant wages are striking a chord with … Continue reading For Greater Employee Productivity, Cultivate Leadership

Spring is when we see the growth that has been preparing to bloom through the winter. The colors, freshness and new life all inspire us to embrace progress. It is the season that begins the next cycle of growth, which is why it is a perfect time to make a major change in my business. … Continue reading A New Phase for Kathleen Schafer

Early in my political career, while advising candidates on how to win campaigns so they could “earn” the ability to lead, or govern, I realized that I, and the political culture I served, had the formula backward. A failure to authentically lead during one’s campaign was only creating a trajectory that resulted in failed leadership … Continue reading Living Leadership: Daily Opportunities to Learn

When I speak to international groups it is always stimulating to talk with people who are literally bringing a world of experience to the exchange of ideas. During a recent session with budding political leaders from Spain and Latin America, we kept returning to the idea of power and choice, i.e., who has power, and … Continue reading Believe in Your Power