Corporate organizations are expected to have boards of directors. At least in theory, the boards are intended to provide strategic direction, to isolate trends and spot opportunities that might be missed among the non-stop demands of daily high performance.
Individuals and teams can benefit from similar advice on an ongoing basis.
I recently happened upon a fascinating example involving the great 20th-century actor: John Barrymore.
Where can we find them?
The premise–stated or unstated–is that there’s a leadership gap today.
Who can argue against the spectacular failures of leadership in large institutions? They range from the White House and Congress (whether in the hands of the Democrats or Republicans); to Wall Street and back around to Main Street; in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors (including religious institutions); around the world.
It’s easy–perhaps too easy–to find reason for disappointment. And yet… there is also reason for optimism.
It’s often said that these are among the worst of times for leadership… it’s also, arguably, the best of times.
This list is updated quarterly. Please send your suggestions of other inspiring 21st century leaders.