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Mission: The New York Times in Leadership is designed to give teachers, scholars, practitioners and students opportunities to connect leadership concepts to real-world examples. Through news articles, discussion questions, reading lists, video conferences, among other resources, you will expand your understanding of how leadership works in the 21st century.

Article: Must a Mental Illness Be Revealed on a First Date?Question: Dr. Nassir Ghaemi, in his book, A First Rate Madnes...
04/18/2016
Must a Mental Illness Be Revealed on a First Date?

Article: Must a Mental Illness Be Revealed on a First Date?

Question: Dr. Nassir Ghaemi, in his book, A First Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness, suggests “leaders with some mental illnesses, particularly mania or depression, are often better in times of crisis.” Why do you think there is a relationship between mental illnesses and leadership in crisis?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on when to share a history of mental health problems with a prospective partner, whether it’s fair to hold a student whom you’ve taught before to a higher standard and outing a parent.

Article: Pro-Trump Chalk Messages Cause Conflicts on College CampusesQuestion: Is it important for leadership programs t...
04/04/2016
Pro-Trump Chalk Messages Cause Conflicts on College Campuses

Article: Pro-Trump Chalk Messages Cause Conflicts on College Campuses
Question: Is it important for leadership programs to provide opportunities for students to address issues like censorship, equal rights, oppression, hate speech and other controversial issues?

Episodes at several universities illustrate how so-called chalking can turn a low-budget advertising tool into a political lightning rod.

Article: Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not CenturiesQuestion: When there is no consensus, an...
03/25/2016
Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries

Article: Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries
Question: When there is no consensus, and evidence is contested, upon what basis do leaders act? How do leaders weigh the costs of different courses of action, including the cost of inaction?

Findings published on Tuesday are likely to replay a debate among climate scientists that started when a draft version of the paper came out last year.

Article: The Uber Model, It Turns Out, Doesn’t TranslateQuestion: What skills must leaders employ to determine what is o...
03/24/2016
The Uber Model, It Turns Out, Doesn’t Translate

Article: The Uber Model, It Turns Out, Doesn’t Translate
Question: What skills must leaders employ to determine what is of value, what is instructive or cautionary, about the experience of another company, organization, or group?

The ride-hailing service is a giant, but companies that aim to get stuff done on demand for customers, like food delivery, grocery shopping and parking, are faltering.

Article: Environmental Activists Take to Local Protests for Global ResultsQuestion: Do you think the approach, “Think gl...
03/21/2016
Environmental Activists Take to Local Protests for Global Results

Article: Environmental Activists Take to Local Protests for Global Results
Question: Do you think the approach, “Think globally, protest locally,” is an effective leadership strategy? What are the benefits of thinking on a global scale but taking action on the local level?

A wave of actions across the nation are combining not-in-my-backyard protests against fossil-fuel projects with concern about climate change.

Article: Michigan Governor Tells Congress He Was Misled on Flint WaterQuestion: Is it important for leaders to accept re...
03/21/2016
Michigan Governor Tells Congress He Was Misled on Flint Water

Article: Michigan Governor Tells Congress He Was Misled on Flint Water
Question: Is it important for leaders to accept responsibility? What does Mr. Snyder have to gain from accepting responsibility?

Both Gov. Rick Snyder and Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, were repeatedly pressed on their responsibility in the lead contamination scandal.

Article: Handful of Biologists Went Rogue and Published Directly to InternetQuestion: As a student of leadership, where ...
03/21/2016
Handful of Biologists Went Rogue and Published Directly to Internet

Article: Handful of Biologists Went Rogue and Published Directly to Internet
Question: As a student of leadership, where do you get your information on leadership advancement- from books or from journal articles? What are the scholarly journals in the field of Leadership Studies?

Molecular biologists and neuroscientists are tweeting with the hashtag #ASAPbio in protest of a system that keeps research from being shared with the public, typically for more than six months.

Article: Reinventing YourselfQuestion: How often do we reinvent ourselves over a lifetime? Does a leader need to continu...
03/21/2016
Reinventing Yourself

Article: Reinventing Yourself
Question: How often do we reinvent ourselves over a lifetime? Does a leader need to continually reinvent themselves if they are to remain effective in their role?

The stories of older adults who chose new paths, sometimes against considerable odds, other times in surprising ways.

Article: Wounded Warrior Project’s Board Ousts Top Two ExecutivesQuestion: “The challenge now is to regain trust — the t...
03/14/2016
Wounded Warrior Project’s Board Fires Top Two Executives

Article: Wounded Warrior Project’s Board Ousts Top Two Executives
Question: “The challenge now is to regain trust — the trust of donors and of veterans.” How does an organization regain trust following publicly failed leadership?

The chief executive, Steven Nardizzi, and chief operating officer, Al Giordano, faced accusations of lavish spending and financial irregularities.

Article: Merryl Tisch, Board of Regents Chief Who Set Off Testing Backlash, Reflects on Her TenureQuestion: The article ...
03/12/2016
Merryl Tisch, Board of Regents Chief Who Set Off Testing Backlash, Reflects on Her Tenure

Article: Merryl Tisch, Board of Regents Chief Who Set Off Testing Backlash, Reflects on Her Tenure
Question: The article notes that Dr. Tisch will likely be replaced by an opponent who seeks to reverse the policies Dr. Tisch has worked to establish. How do such strong pendulum swings in leadership affect organizations, or in this case public education?

Dr. Tisch, who is stepping down this month, said she tried to do too much, too fast during her time as chancellor, but justified her sense of urgency.

Article: Obama Seeks to Pave Way to Mideast Deal After He Leaves OfficeQuestion: How compelling is legacy for leaders in...
03/11/2016
Obama Seeks to Pave Way to Mideast Deal After He Leaves Office

Article: Obama Seeks to Pave Way to Mideast Deal After He Leaves Office
Question: How compelling is legacy for leaders in decision making? What actions might one's concern about legacy compel or prevent a leader to take?

President Obama is looking past his time in office and weighing a plan that would preserve at least the principle of a two-state solution for his successor to pursue.

Article: Big Man on a Global CampusQuestion: How important is it for Dr. Hamilton to repair the relationship between the...
03/07/2016
Big Man on a Global Campus

Article: Big Man on a Global Campus
Question: How important is it for Dr. Hamilton to repair the relationship between the administration and the faculty? If you were in Dr. Hamilton’s shoes, how would you go about repairing the relationship with the faculty?

Andrew Hamilton, N.Y.U.’s new president, faces issues of diversity and affordability as the college expands its reach.

Article: Annoyed by a Hands-Off BossQuestion: In the first question/answer, Mr. Walker suggests, “The best managers seek...
03/07/2016
Annoyed by a Hands-Off Boss

Article: Annoyed by a Hands-Off Boss
Question: In the first question/answer, Mr. Walker suggests, “The best managers seek out and appreciate the thoughtful feedback and suggestions of their employees. That said, let’s face it: In real life, nobody enjoys being criticized.” How do effective leaders manage the tension of wanting thoughtful feedback but not wanting to be criticized?

An executive director of a small firm lets employees show up late or take a day off without notice, which a co-worker finds demoralizing.

Article: Some Kids Sell Lemonade. He Starts a Chain.Question: Scholars writing on the topic of early childhood leadershi...
03/07/2016
Some Kids Sell Lemonade. He Starts a Chain.

Article: Some Kids Sell Lemonade. He Starts a Chain.
Question: Scholars writing on the topic of early childhood leadership development suggest leadership education should ideally begin as early as preschool or kindergarten because it establishes a foundation for future leadership competency. Do you agree that leadership education should start as early as kindergarten? How would we go about training six and seven year old children about a complex topic like leadership?

A Colorado organization is teaching financial literacy to those under 22, and thousands have participated in its entrepreneurship programs.

Article: The Myth of the Hero TeacherQuestion: What would be the best way to train teachers classroom leadership?
03/07/2016
The Myth of the Hero Teacher

Article: The Myth of the Hero Teacher
Question: What would be the best way to train teachers classroom leadership?

In his new memoir, Ed Boland tells of trying, and failing, to make a difference at a public school in Manhattan.

Article: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Return to the Hip-Hop FrayQuestion: In what ways, and on what issues, are Macklemore an...
02/29/2016
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Return to the Hip-Hop Fray

Article: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Return to the Hip-Hop Fray
Question: In what ways, and on what issues, are Macklemore and Ryan Lewis exercising leadership?

As their new album,“This Unruly Mess I’ve Made,” is set to be released, the duo spoke on the impact and backlash of the success of their debut work.

Article: What’s the Point of Moral Outrage?Question: What are the implications of this study for leadership? While the a...
02/29/2016
What’s the Point of Moral Outrage?

Article: What’s the Point of Moral Outrage?
Question: What are the implications of this study for leadership? While the authors state that “this is a theory of evolution, not conscious motivation,” what lessons might one take from this study’s findings?

It may seem noble and selfless, but it’s also about improving your reputation.

Article: What It’s Really Like to Risk It All in Silicon ValleyQuestion: When you consider the insular culture depicted ...
02/28/2016
What It’s Really Like to Risk It All in Silicon Valley

Article: What It’s Really Like to Risk It All in Silicon Valley
Question: When you consider the insular culture depicted in this article, how might the rules of the game limit opportunities for leadership?

An entrepreneur tries to start a company and raise venture capital in Silicon Valley — and then finds out she is pregnant.

Article: Science Teachers’ Grasp of Climate Change Is Found LackingQuestion: How much time is spent in your leadership c...
02/19/2016
Science Teachers’ Grasp of Climate Change Is Found Lacking

Article: Science Teachers’ Grasp of Climate Change Is Found Lacking
Question: How much time is spent in your leadership course/program on climate change? In your opinion, is this an important topic to cover in leadership education?

A survey of 1,500 teachers in the United States found that on average they spend just one to two hours on average over the course of an academic year.

Article: Narcissism Is Increasing. So You’re Not So Special.Question: If we are becoming more and more narcissistic does...
02/19/2016
Narcissism Is Increasing. So You’re Not So Special.

Article: Narcissism Is Increasing. So You’re Not So Special.
Question: If we are becoming more and more narcissistic does this mean we are becoming less and less humble? What is the implication of this trend on the way we lead?

A Greek god falls in love with his reflection. Sure sounds like Instagram.

Article: Virtual Reality Companies Look to Science Fiction for Their Next PlayQuestion: It is stated in the article that...
02/19/2016
Virtual Reality Companies Look to Science Fiction for Their Next Play

Article: Virtual Reality Companies Look to Science Fiction for Their Next Play
Question: It is stated in the article that, "Virtual reality is a medium, like television or video games, that can borrow liberally from the virtual worlds experienced by fictional characters." What fictional characters experience or fictional world would most likely be used in leadership development?

Science fiction is both shaping the language that virtual reality companies use to market the technology and defining long-term goals for developers.

Article: Madeleine Albright: My Undiplomatic MomentQuestion: Secretary Albright acknowledges that “young women may not w...
02/13/2016
Madeleine Albright: My Undiplomatic Moment

Article: Madeleine Albright: My Undiplomatic Moment
Question: Secretary Albright acknowledges that “young women may not want to hear anything more from this aging feminist,” and yet she feels compelled to speak and seeks to reach those young women. Why would young women listen? Why might they not? Consider those who influence your views. What is it that draws you to listen?

I should know better than to tell a group of women to go to hell. But the sentiment behind my statement is true: Women need to help one another.

Article: In Italy, a Top Club Stands Alone in Supporting Women’s SoccerQuestion: What does it mean to lead by example? H...
02/13/2016
In Italy, a Top Club Stands Alone in Supporting Women’s Soccer

Article: In Italy, a Top Club Stands Alone in Supporting Women’s Soccer
Question: What does it mean to lead by example? How does an “outlier” become a catalyst?

Unlike other countries like England, Spain, France and Germany, Italy has only one top-division men’s club, Fiorentina, that operates a women’s team.

Article: Los Angeles Approves Plans to Fight HomelessnessQuestion: Given the difficulty and barriers, what compels leade...
02/11/2016
Los Angeles Approves Plans to Fight Homelessness

Article: Los Angeles Approves Plans to Fight Homelessness
Question: Given the difficulty and barriers, what compels leaders to collaborate?

The city’s plan includes appointing a city homeless coordinator, creating a network of public restrooms and showers, and, most critically, making a huge investment in affordable housing.

Article: Real Compassion in College AdmissionsQuestion: What are the implications of the survey that found that only 22 ...
02/07/2016
Real Compassion in College Admissions

Article: Real Compassion in College Admissions
Question: What are the implications of the survey that found that only 22 percent of middle- and high-school students thought that caring for others was more important than personal happiness or individual achievement? How might this impact the practice of leadership over the next 35 years?

A Harvard report that promotes “meaningful” community service misses the point.

Article: Meet the New Student ActivistsQuestion: What is the definition of an activist? Are activists by definition also...
02/05/2016
Meet the New Student Activists

Article: Meet the New Student Activists
Question: What is the definition of an activist? Are activists by definition also leaders?

Black students and their allies are demanding change. Seven from colleges and universities around the country discuss the problem, the protests and themselves.

Article: Gordon Goody, a Leader of the Gang in the Great Train Robbery, Dies at 85Question: The title of the article is ...
02/05/2016
Gordon Goody, a Leader of the Gang in the Great Train Robbery, Dies at 85

Article: Gordon Goody, a Leader of the Gang in the Great Train Robbery, Dies at 85
Question: The title of the article is “Gordon Goody, Leader of the Gang in the Great Train Robbery, Dies at 85.” How is the term “leader” being used in this title and throughout the article? Is this the same type of leadership that you are studying in your class/program?

Mr. Goody, who finished a 12-year prison term (and a life of crime) to become a beachfront bar owner in Spain, had been one of three surviving gang members.

Article: A Yahoo Employee-Ranking System Favored by Marissa Mayer Is Challenged in CourtQuestion: Do you believe it is a...
02/03/2016
A Yahoo Employee-Ranking System Favored by Marissa Mayer Is Challenged in Court

Article: A Yahoo Employee-Ranking System Favored by Marissa Mayer Is Challenged in Court
Question: Do you believe it is a leader’s job to continually assess the performance of those they lead? How much is too much?

A former Yahoo manager who lost his job filed suit in California on Monday, saying the system, which has been used to fire hundreds of employees, is discriminatory and violates the law.

Article: Oxford University Will Keep Statue of Cecil RhodesQuestion: What do leaders and organizations gain by the use o...
01/30/2016
Oxford University Will Keep Statue of Cecil Rhodes

Article: Oxford University Will Keep Statue of Cecil Rhodes
Question: What do leaders and organizations gain by the use of symbols and icons? What do they risk?

Oriel College, one of 38 largely self-governing colleges at Oxford, said it would keep the statue of the man regarded by many as an architect of apartheid.

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