There are a number of blogs that I admire and learn from as I strive to advance my service. My most recent take on the best is presented below.
The list that follows includes entries focused on specific applications and competencies, as well as general leadership-related blogs.
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.
For some, blogging may be a daily or weekly exercise. For others, it may be less frequent or regular, more in the nature of monthly or quarterly periodicals. Blogs are increasingly crafted with an eye toward making them “evergreen,” timely over time. The emphasis on providing immediate responses has, increasingly, moved toward creating a living resource.
A key aspect of blogging is that its permutations are infinite. For some time, they tended to be stand-alone entities. Communities might arise around the essays and comments. More recently, the rise of sophisticated bots, the time-suck of trolls, and the increasing interconnections of social media have prompted change.
Blogs are, increasingly, a personalized resource and gateway into the writer’s chosen array of social media channels. Thus one sees some using Facebook, Quora, Twitter or other venues as their primary ongoing communication, tethered to blogs. Some primarily write; others primarily curate; most create a personalized mix of the two.
Through the links below, one can enter the ecosystems of many outstanding teachers and practitioners. The list below extends from blogging to social media and new media generally.
Please send 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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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 writes regularly for Forbes.com and other key platforms. He’s actively engaged in Twitter.
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. Facebook.
Rebecca Elvy. Within the mantra of “Leading from Within,” Rebecca Elvy aims to “help frustrated mid-career professionals conquer their fears, regain their conviction, overcome mediocrity and become more than they ever thought possible.” She writes from New Zealand with a universal message far beyond the Antipodes. Twitter.
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. Facebook.
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. Her website is under reconstruction. Twitter. Facebook.
The Leadership Challenge. Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner provide an excellent resources for developing leaders in all settings. They include evergreen articles and extensive social media engagement. Twitter. Facebook.
LeadershipNow. Michael McKinney is indefatigable and prolific. 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. Facebook.
Lean In. Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has created an outstanding resource in her Lean In site. Working from the concepts from her best-selling book of the same name, she presents a curated source of excellent information from a range of sources. Her focus is on women’s leadership; the principles and issues are of importance to everyone. Twitter. Facebook.
Andrea Learned. Personally speaking, there’s a lot to like about Andrea Learned’s project of unifying leadership, sustainability, and social media. Taken together, they’re a gateway into 21st century leadership. Twitter.
Nilofer Merchant. Nilofer Merchant writes from Silicon Valley, seeking to “navigate the social era, powerfully.” Her essays are infrequent and insightful, with emphasis on practical issues of 21st century leadership, including creating value from diverse teams. Twitter.
Mike Myatt. N2Growth founder and chair Mike Myatt is a renowned leadership advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs and their boards of directors. He’s widely regarded as “America’s Top CEO Coach.” You’ll find his insights in many outlets, such as Forbes. He does not post regular blog posts. They are invariably valuable and are collected on his website. Twitter. Facebook.
Tanveer Naseer. A notably well-designed blog with wonderful content for anyone in business aspiring to or offering leadership. He’s prolific and meets a high standard, as recognized in numerous honors. Twitter.
Kate Nasser. “Smart Sensibilities” and “Modern Leadership” are Kate Nasser’s bywords. Her focus as the “People Skills Coach” make her a must-read for 21st century leadership, when relationships are front-and-center. Twitter. Facebook.
Tom Peters. 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.
Skip Prichard. Author, businessman and speaker Skip Prichard provides a wealth of resources for all aspects of leaders’ lives and work. He’s a high-value contributor through a range of social media streams, and his website is tailor-made for actionable inspiration. Twitter. Facebook.
Professor M.S. Rao. 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. Twitter. Facebook.
Simon Sinek. Simon Sinek comprehends that questions can spur transformation. His mantra: Start With Why. In addition to his fine writing and speaking, Sinek offers training via his website. Twitter. Facebook.
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. Facebook.
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. Facebook.
General Leadership. General Leadership is a resource for servant leaders in all contexts, based on the unique contributions of America’s most trusted leaders: active and retired military officers.
Lead Change Group. Mike Henry Sr. has established a living resource for advancing character-based leadership. It is now a division of Weaving Influence. The Lead Change Group comprises a talented and dedicated network of global participants. Twitter. Facebook.
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. Facebook.
Mary Jo Asmus. Former executive, current management consultant Mary Jo Asmus adds great value in focusing on the effective cultivation of relationships in the workplace. Her blog is replete with actionable, down-to-earth content that managers in all types of enterprises can put to immediate use. 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. Facebook.
Jeff Haden. Successfully traversing the minefield of management begins with managing oneself. Jeff Haden is a polymath, able to add insights across the range of challenges of contemporary entrepreneurship. Twitter. Business Insider.
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.
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.
Culture University. If culture trumps strategy, communication drives culture. Tim Kuppler adds value, using culture to drive workplace change and performance improvement.
Branding, Marketing & Sales
Seth Godin. Everyone is selling something—and everyone can learn from Seth Godin.
Moving from Me to We. Author, speaker, consultant Kare Anderson stands apart when it comes to collaboration. She offers insights from a range of experiences, with relevance in all sectors. Twitter. Facebook.
Social Media, New Media
Chris 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. Facebook.
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. Podcast.
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. Facebook.
Big Think. As much as anything, 21st century leadership is about learning, learning, learning. Big Think brings together top thinkers in various fields, communicating in various media. Twitter. Facebook.
Character as Competitive Advantage
Frank Sonnenberg Online. Frank Sonnenberg’s blog focuses on ethics, character, values, and personal responsibility. His advice is practical, actionable, and inspiring. It’s been named one of the “Top 100 Socially-Shared Leadership Blogs.” Twitter. Facebook. LinkedIn.
Melding of Public, Private, NGO Service
Work, Life as Art
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. Facebook.
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. Facebook.
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. Facebook.
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.
Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs | New Media