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There are a number of blogs that I admire and learn from. My take on the best is presented below, updated for Winter 2014.
The list that follows includes entries focused on specific applications and competencies, as well as general leadership-related blogs. This is in keeping with the Serve to Lead approach of combining theory with practice, recognizing that both are required to achieve excellence.
Blogging is an evolving phenomenon. It enables individuals and teams and organizations and an array of stakeholders to interact and create value in untold ways.
To be sure, there are as many ways to participate in social media as there are ways to serve. Some people, for example, blog frequently. Others blog less often, producing longer thought pieces. Still others go free-form, having their blog posts as adjuncts to frequent Twitter posts, in particular. Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ are increasingly used as well. A difference, however, is that individuals may apply different standards for interactions in the latter media. For example, some who engage routinely through blogs and tweets may limit their connections on Facebook or LinkedIn. That said, most of the bloggers listed below are also on Facebook (personal or business pages), LinkedIn, and Google+, readily reached from their websites.
Please comment and add your ideas for additional or alternative selections or categories. As is customary in the 21st century, this is offered as a living document, a work in progress.
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Tom Peters. No significance is intended in the order of the list that follows–other than in listing Tom Peters first. If you’re in search of excellence, his blog is a great place to start. And don’t miss him on Twitter. He uses the two in a complementary manner, making memorable use of the 140-character medium in rapid-fire engagements.
Bill George. Former Medtronic CEO Bill George is an analytic and wide-ranging thinker with a keen vision for 21st century leadership. His global perspective and focus on increasing American competitiveness are invaluable. Twitter.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter. Business people are often skeptical of academics offering guidance–with good reason. Kanter is an exception. Her writing gets big things right (such as the trend toward corporations playing roles recently viewed as governmental) and she maintains her attention firmly on workaday challenges (such as how to “have it all”). Twitter.
John Baldoni. At once prolific and practical, with a jeweller’s eye discerning commonalities in all sectors and across time, internationally recognized author and speaker John Baldoni invariably adds value for anyone concerned with 21st century leadership. He’s now part of the N2Growth team with Mike Myatt. Twitter.
Jesse Lyn Stoner. Business executive, author and consultant, Jesse Lyn Stoner’s insights are wide-reaching. Her command of business history yields value and perspective in a time of accelerating change. Twitter.
LeadershipNow. Michael McKinney is indefatigable. He’s created a go-to resource for leadership in all aspects, in all fields. Whether you want intellectual stimulation, apt quotations, book reviews or inspiring products, LeadershipNow has them all. Twitter.
Wally Bock. History comes to life in the vignettes of Wally Bock. His professional writing experiences yields a cornucopia of interesting tidbits, including lessons from great yet often neglected or misunderstood business leaders from earlier times. Twitter.
Strategic Leadership Institute. Manie Bosman offers smart thinking in thought pieces that often meet the standards of articles, yet with the accessibility of posts. He’s particularly active on Twitter.
DanielRMurphy.com. Daniel Murphy has dedicated more than three decades to learning and communicating success and leadership principles. His blog is exceptionally wide-ranging and practical. If you’re serious about uniting all aspects of your life into your leadership goals, this site will be in your wheelhouse. Twitter.
Just Coach It. Irene Becker is a force of nature, a hurricane of inspiration and ideas, free association and constructive creativity. Her varied background and experiences are harnessed to a prodigious work ethic. Twitter.
Where Knowledge is Wealth. Professor M.S. Rao brings a literary sensibility to the arts of leadership. He is noted for an infectious love of learning, and a dedication to ideals of service. He is based in New Delhi.
Doug Conant. The acclaimed former CEO of Campbell Soup Co. is now a bestselling author as well. His insights are invariably valuable. His blogging is occasional; his tweeting is active and engaged. Twitter.
John Maxwell. His name is synonymous with servant leadership, with character-based leadership, with applying Christian ideals in work and life. If some of his work sounds familiar to you at times, it’s because his influence is so pervasive. His combination of teaching with putting his principles into action is nothing short of remarkable. Twitter.
Hot Mommas Project. Across the world, women are emerging as a great human resource story of the new century. Founder Kathy Korman Frey spearheads this dynamic group, identifying and fostering new leaders, focusing on real-time management challenges and opportunities. Twitter.
Ken Blanchard LeaderChat. Ken Blanchard’s team offer an excellent forum to link the theory of leadership into the practice of management.
Work Matters | Bob Sutton. Prolific author (The No Asshole Rule) and Stanford professor offers insights across disciplines. His brio draws people into topics that might otherwise be daunting. A great contribution and a delight to read. Twitter.
Kathy Kolbe. Kathy Kolbe’s laser focus on improving mental performance through “The Conative Connection” is seen in her provocative blog. If your goal is to stretch your individual and organizational talent, don’t miss her work. Twitter.
Edge Perspectives with John Hagel. Deloitte consultant and author Hagel presents serious posts, more like articles in their scope and rigor. Their common theme is how management can effectively drive innovation that is at once customer-focused and able to stir and sustain employee passion. Twitter.
Robert Morris. Bob Morris is a prolific reviewer of business books, a member of the Amazon.com Hall of Fame. His “Blogging About Business” site is a powerful resource for anyone seeking leadership and excellence in business. Twitter.
Branding, Marketing & Sales
Seth Godin. Everyone is selling something–and everyone can learn from Seth Godin.
Frank Sonnenberg Online. Regarded as one of America’s top marketing and brand strategists, Frank Sonnenberg makes the expertise and experience of global corporations available to small businesses everywhere. Twitter.
Michael Hyatt. Michael Hyatt is the go-to guy on building a platform. His blogs about the details of creating an effective social media presence are invariably useful. He is effective as a teacher, because he’s effective as a practitioner. His generosity in passing along tips about such things as WordPress apps and themes makes his site invaluable. Twitter.
Chis Brogan. Chris Brogan is an avatar of social media. In common with Michael Hyatt, he creates value by sharing his personal experiences building his brand, his website, his business. Brogan candidly conveys what he’s learned about what works–and, at least as important, what doesn’t, and why. Twitter.
ProBlogger. Darren Rouse was present at the creation of blogging as a foundational aspect of social media. He’s still creating and sharing. His blog touches on issues great and small. It’s enlivened by participation of a dynamic group of contributors and commenters. Like Hyatt and Brogan, he’s visibly successful by putting service to others first, time after time. Twitter.
CopyBlogger. Are you part of the ever-growing WordPress ecosystem? Brian Clark has built an indispensable set of services based on an all-encompassing insight: social media effectiveness is ultimately built on good content. Day-by-day, CopyBlogger shares tools, inspiration and examples. Twitter.
Matt Cutts. Google is the way the world finds its way to your door. 21st century leaders are likely to blog; blogging must be created and crafted with an eye toward one’s audience. Longtime Google executive Cutts is a master interpreter, translating the mysteries of Google’s constant evolution to those who strive for effectiveness in search. Not to be missed. A fine writer and video speaker. Twitter.
Character as Competitive Advantage
Melding of Public, Private, NGO Service
Work, Life as Art
Rebelle Society. Taking as its credo, Creativity is the greatest form of rebellion, Rebelle Society is “an online hub reporting ideas and acts of creative rebellion and celebrating the Art of Being Alive.” Twitter.
Justine Musk. Her subtitle conveys it all: Because You’re a Creative Badass. If creativity is a state of rebellion, Justine Musk is a determined, fearless revolutionary of art and work and life. Twitter.
Art of Manliness. As the name robustly declares, this blog is not for the faint of heart. As it implies, it’s useful for everyone; not only men, but others who must live and work with them. Brett McKay performs a real service. Twitter.
Brain Pickings. Because language is a living organism and creativity the sum total of our life experience. Maria Popova presents a spectacular panorama of intellectual and literary food for thought. No boundaries, No rules. No telling where she might take you next. Twitter.
Questions for Living. The quality of your questions determines the quality of your life. Serve to Lead is a system for living and working built on questions, so perhaps it’s inevitable that this list would end with Questions for Living. Byron Woodman III has conceived and implemented a wonderful series, filled with wisdom about uniting your life and work to create your masterpiece of service. Twitter.
What do you think? Please share your ideas on other 21st century leadership blogs to include in this list.
Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs