More on a Leadership Curriculum . . .

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
-John F. Kennedy

A short while ago I wrote a blog on building a “leadership curriculum” for all levels of compulsory education.  Everyone talks about the lack of leadership but not much is being done. So I proposed, at the very least, to begin to teach children of all ages just what leadership is and hopefully how they can access their own leadership capabilities to help improve their communities, nations and the world.

As I was doing more thinking on the subject of teaching leadership I recently ran across a very thoughtful article written by Howard Prince and thought it was of such significant insight and value that I would pass it on to my readers.  Although he talks about teaching leadership at the higher education levels (colleges and universities) his insights are appropriate for teaching leadership at all levels.

The article can be accessed at: Teaching Leadership

I suggest you take a look, read the article, think about it, and definitely pass it on to others.

The more we get a dialogue going about teaching leadership at all levels the sooner we will move into action and stop complaining about the lack of leadership.

By the way, complaining about the lack of leadership reminds me of a saying we use in our executive leadership and strategy execution work about complaining about traffic:.

When you are moving at a snail’s pace and complain about the traffic, just remember, you are the traffic!

Tight Lines . . .

John R Childress

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About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at or
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