Leadership Quarterly

The Promise of Leadership – Clear the high bar of expectation, By Bob Anderson and Bill Adams

October, 2015 | by Douglas Day
When we step into positions of leadership, we make a set of promises in the form of expectations. We all expect certain things from our leaders, and these expectations constitute the Promise of Leadership. Leadership expectations come in two forms: 1) Explicit: expressed expectations for certain outcomes that come with […]

Leadership Transition: An Invitation to Transformation

February, 2014 | by Bob Anderson
A week ago, The Leadership Circle announced that my role is shifting from CEO to Chief Development Officer.  This is a change I have been building toward for many years.  I have wanted this, really wanted this, and yet, as it happens my feelings are all over the place.  I […]

Leading Into The Future

December, 2013 | by Bob Anderson
Enhancing the creative capacity of the organization to create its desired future is the simple definition of leadership RCSA International Conference keynote presenter Bob Anderson formulated many years ago. This definition remains highly relevant today, as it responds directly to key themes that emerged from the most recent IBM CEO […]

High Forms of The Reactive: Experiments on The Other Side of Fear

October, 2013 | by Dan Holden
I had just climbed to Inspiration Point, overlooking Santa Barbara, and was on my way down when I got the call that would change everything. My younger sister, Nikki, told me she had just been diagnosed with Stage Four ovarian cancer. When she died 22 months later her passing awakened […]

High Forms of The Reactive: Experiments on The Other Side of Fear

October, 2013 | by Dan Holden
I had just climbed to Inspiration Point, overlooking Santa Barbara, and was on my way down when I got the call that would change everything. My younger sister, Nikki, told me she had just been diagnosed with Stage Four ovarian cancer. When she died 22 months later her passing awakened […]

Coming Home to India

September, 2013 | by Pratap Nambiar
Welcome to India the land of permanent potential. In June, Art Shirk had written a wonderful piece quoting William Murray’s expedition to Mount Everest where he talks about buying his ticket to Bombay – committing himself and reaching a point of no return. Well that is literally what we did- […]

Becoming a Creatively Maladjusted Leader

February, 2013 | by Dan Holden
The Rev. Martin Luther King announced in a 1963 speech he was “…Proud to be maladjusted.” There are certain realities, he argued, we should not entertain and need not adjust to as people and leaders. I have reflected on my own call to action this year and find, in Dr. […]

There Is No Safe Path to Leadership

February, 2012 | by Bob Anderson
The core tension that we manage as adults, in my opinion, and especially as leaders, is the tension between purpose and safety. Each of us is oriented toward a purpose that desires to come through our lives.

Flexibility, Agility, Innovation (Part 3)

November, 2011 | by Bob Anderson
The Leadership Circle Profile contains the most complete set of dimensions for increasing a leader’s or an organization’s innovative capacity, flexibility, and agility. However, this fact is only the beginning of the argument for why The Leadership Circle Profiles are designed for this outcome. The main reason has to do with the relationship between complexity and consciousness.

Flexibility, Agility, Innovation (Part 1)

September, 2011 | by Bob Anderson
Flexibility, agility, and innovation are qualities most leaders and organizations want to acquire or amplify. Since these dimensions are not labeled as such in Leadership Circle Profile reports, it may seem that our assessments are not as effective as they might be at helping leaders and organizations make significant improvements in these areas. Quite the contrary.

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