When to Lead – When to Follow

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I’m sitting in the chair in the hair salon. Normally Lionel leads these quarterly encounters, asking me charming questions about my writing, my artwork, guiding the conversation to make the…

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Beginners Mind

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During the final production of my dance company in 2010, I had the honor to collaborate and train with actor Dan Istrate, who has since become a close friend. You…

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Free: Leading and Following Florence

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I love Florence + The Machine, and listening to their most recent album, Dance Fever, created during the pandemic period, has been especially cathartic for me this year. Last Saturday,…

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A Follower Saves the Day

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Elliot, a technical engineer, was assigned to monitor a piece of machinery he was unfamiliar with. Over the first few weeks, he had questions for the supervisor in charge, but…

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Culture of Support

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There are more than 20 of us on Zoom for a monthly volunteer meeting for Exhale Pro-Voice, a support textline for people who have had abortions. We start with a…

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In Defense of Leadership (and Followership)

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I recently joined a staff of young artists and teachers for a short-term community project. In a conversation during our preliminary training, I was startled to hear several of them…

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Civic Followership

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As relieved as I feel since the US Presidential election was definitively called for Joe Biden, I also have a new and startling appreciation for the fragility of our democracy,…

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Leaders Who Care

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Think of all of the teachers, parents, or mentors who have supported you in the past, those who made a difference in your life at the time, or perhaps for…

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Transforming Fear Into Courage

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In Leigh Bardugo’s marvelous novel, Six of Crows, the protagonist Inej reminds herself, “When there is fear, something is about to happen.” In this way, she trains herself to pay…

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Followership in Public

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I’ve been writing about followership at work for a while now. As professionals, we celebrate leadership but overlook followership, and there are real personal and organizational losses that come from…

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