While covering important issues in our civic and cultural life, journalists typically focus on facts, controversies, issues and their impact. They rarely look through the lens of understanding leaders and leadership: who is leading the causes and creating change, how those leaders were motivated to tackle tough problems and create opportunities for their communities, and how they worked through the challenges that arose.
In this series, MinnPost is profiling such leaders in order to provide new insights — and, we hope in some cases, inspiration — for our readers. Each profile is followed by comments from a panel of experienced leaders and scholars of leadership. Sharon Schmickle
wrote the first 15 sets of articles in the series; Gregg Aamot
is now the lead journalist for Driving Change.
Dr. Nicholas LaRusso had a solid base for bringing together the natural and developmental factors that add up to strong leadership.
eConsults are just one example of innovations developed by Dr. Nicholas LaRusso and his team in a bid to help break the national health-care crisis.
While many activists may pick up a bull horn and storm City Hall, that is not Muth. Instead, her style is to educate and persuade.‘Driving Change’ panel: Rice County, Carleton students leveraged strength by working together
Their transit project’s impact was multiplied by the students’ understanding that “their work is not abstract but has real value in the community,” said consultant Marcia Avner.
At the new thrift store on Main Street, Paul Johnson said, “Not much happens around Hoffman that she hasn’t got something to do with.”‘Driving Change’ panel: Leadership begins with fostering community, supporting others
“The success of everything that we do … depends on building relationships,” says Erma Vizenor, chairwoman of the White Earth Nation. “It is all about relationships.”
“He is tackling a 20-year-old problem that some of the finest leaders in our country can’t figure out how to get their hands around,” said Marcia Avner of Said Sheik-Abdi.
With the Neighbors Initiative, one plus one could equal three, Sheik-Abdi thought.
One standout aspect of today’s leadership profile is that the Pelican Rapids women featured in the article did not carry the titles we typically associate with leadership.
Call it presumptuous or call it courageous.
The ability to recognize and admit your personal weaknesses can be a mark of strong leadership, especially if you recruit and nurture others to stand strong where you are lacking, says the U of M’s Laura Bloomberg.
Now a national drive is propelled by success here — which was propelled by the urgency of the need for low-income students to get an extra academic boost.‘Driving Change’ panel: McCorkell shows key leadership trait in finding capacity in
County Administrator Tony Murphy sounded the alarms, and pressed for outcomes. “He is at the heart of creating this movement,” a colleague said.‘Driving Change’ panel: Mutual trust, risk-taking were key in Beltrami innovations
Trust is the “salient synergy” in government leadership, said George Latimer. And risk-taking is a bold step, said William Joynes. “It took courage to do this.”