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10 Ways Poet Amanda Gorman Influenced Others

2021 leadership styles Feb 02, 2021

Amanda Gorman is an inspirational and charismatic leader.  At a five feet, three inches, she stood tall on a stage with luminaires during President Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony on January 20, 2021.  

It was awe-inspiring watching his and Vice President Kamala Harris take their oath while being surrounded by their loving families, Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in their show stopping attire and dazzling performances from J.Lo, Lady Gaga, and Garth Brooks. 

However, all eyes were on poet Amanda Gorman as she recited her poem ‘The Hill We Climb’.  

Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman spoke at the inauguration of U.S. President Joseph R. Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021. The 22 year old Harvard alumna is now the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history.

Five poets, Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, Miller Williams, Elizabeth Alexander, and Richard...

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What does style and skills have to do with leadership?



I spent 27 years in the greatest Army on the planet with other visionary leaders who wanted to achieve more within the organizations and teams they led while serving in complex environments.  Most recently over the last four years I've led myself as a small business owner, engaged with clients and interacted with volunteer teammates focused on serving the community while wanting to show up more authentically.  In both environments I observed and experienced the most common issues that challenges people in positions of authority. 

Here are the top issues the leaders I encountered are facing:

  • Leader Burnout: Leaders are working too much, expending too much time, energy and effort for far too little payoff while still not getting everything on their exhaustively long 'to do' done. 
  • Unsatisfactory Executive Team Functioning: Some executive teams are working out better than others, however, the majority of the people...
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