Leadership Profiles

How did Rick Steves become who he is?

June 9, 2021
On a recent episode of NPR’s How I Built This, Rick Steves reminisced on his path from being a piano importer’s son in Washington State to becoming the travel guru he is today.

It’s not the policies, it’s the people

February 10, 2021
In his final speech to his employees at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, retiring chairman and CEO James D. Ericson spoke about the pride and enjoyment he felt in helping the company develop multiple, intertwined strengths in products, sales, and finance. Then he told the following story of how those strengths were put to service for a customer.

Lessons from Lewis and Clark

April 9, 2020
You can learn a lot about how to work with your fellow managers from one of the most famous leadership teams in American history, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.

Great minds, but troubled ones

June 13, 2019
Starting with medical records and extending back through family histories, Dr. Nassir Ghaemi, author of A First Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness, found that many of the greatest leaders lived with some form of mental illness.

Sarah T. Hughes, a woman of firsts

January 10, 2019
In 1930, Hughes became the youngest woman, at 34, elected to the Texas state legislature. In 1935, she became the first female state district judge.

Playing on in an unfair world

August 9, 2018
When William J. Powell died in 2009 at age 93, he was still the only African-American to have designed, built, owned and operated a golf course in the United States.

When your work becomes religion

July 12, 2018
If running marathons were a religion, says an observer, then Fred Lebow would have been the New York City Marathon’s chief rabbi.

The 4 defining moments of 4 great leaders

April 11, 2018
Need a quick jolt of leadership adrenaline? Check out these stories of four famous people who came within a whisker of losing it all … or never making it big in the first place.

The millennial conundrum

January 23, 2018

“If you’re being critical, then don’t talk about it in terms of failure. Instead, reframe it as an opportunity for lessons learned or positive steps to take in the future.”

Not meditating yet? Read on

December 27, 2017

“Meditation allows you to get in touch with who you are as a human being and gives you the power to choose how you respond to any situation.”