team leadership 3d character stock  photoThe Ann Arbor Mayoral race is in full swing. There has been lots of debate about each candidate’s positions on local issues along with the stark contrast between the candidates overall leadership styles.  In my opinion, not everyone can be a great leader if you don’t have the right mix of passion, drive and inspiration .  There is an age old question  that asks ” Are leaders born or made?”  I actually don’t know.  What I do know is that I only see  one of the candidates in the Mayoral race depicting the true leadership qualities that I want in the next Mayor.  As you may have read in a previous post, that candidate is Christopher Taylor

It has been awhile since I posted so I thought I would post some TEDTalks on the topic of leadership .  I know that these talks mostly refer to corporate settings, but they include some important points that a leader in the public sector should also have.  I found them interesting; you might too.  At the end I included a Powerpoint presentation by Colin Powell that I was given in a leadership class I had to take for my Master’s degree.




Roselinde Torres: What it takes to be a great leader

The world is full of leadership programs, but the best way to learn how to lead might be right under your nose. In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.

The questions are:

  • Where are you looking to anticipate change?
  • What is the diversity measure of your network?
  • Are you courageous enough to abandon a practice that has made you successful in the past?


Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership

 We have all changed someone’s life — usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.


Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers … (Filmed at TEDxPugetSound.)

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”


Many years ago when I was earning my master’s degree, I took a leadership class where we were given this powerpoint presentation by Colin Powell.  I really liked it and have always saved it.  It includes some interesting advice.

General Colin Powell:  A Leadership Primer


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