A Simple Stoic Leader Philosophy We Can All Utilize—DeMarco Banter

or…Leadership Philosophy 201/We don’t need no stinkin’ philosophy—do we? Leadership Philosophy 101 was penned as part of a course I was teaching on leadership and command.  The piece has generated a great deal of discussion—both pro and con. Many of us have a desire to lead, some of us enjoy pondering leadership, and others assume …

The Jedi Praxeum and the School of Leadership

Some call it a gift—most just call it strange—but I read certain concepts and then connect concepts or theories together in a long line of strange or perhaps innovative thoughts. I have spent the past several years studying, researching, reading, and writing about the Ancient Greek Philosophers and Roman Stoics. Further, I have also been …

Leading in Permanent Beta: The Leadership Podcast with Jim, Jan and Bill

A great opportunity to spend time with two of our LEDx2.0 superstars Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos talking leadership philosophy and permanent beta. Please see the show notes below and the links to the podcast venue of your choice.  Thanks for listening. _______________________ Professor Bill DeMarco (Retired Air Force Colonel) holds 3 Masters degrees, and holds fellowships …

Leaders and ancient Greek philosophers: Role Models for 2019

Years ago I came across an article addressing how people have used ancient Greek and Roman philosophies to help them live their lives better. They all used philosophy to help in achieving “eudaimonia”, by which the Greeks meant “flourishing” or “the good life”.  Never being one to leave anything alone–I have modified the seven techniques, …

Who Appreciates You? Self-Esteem and Leadership–DeMarco Banter

Reading a few weeks ago in the Daily Stoic, I came across the thought:  “An iron law of history is that greatness and goodness are rarely appreciated in their own time.”  Winston Churchill was more or less tossed out of office twice— in 1945 and again in 1955. Amelia Earhart had to get a job …

Leadership and the Philosopher: A neo-DeMarconian Thought

“For I believe a good king is from the outset and by necessity a philosopher, and the philosopher is from the outset a kingly person.” —MUSONIUS RUFUS, LECTURES, 8.33.32–34 Should a leader be a philosopher? According to Plato, a philosopher king is a leader who possesses both a love of knowledge, as well as intelligence, reliability, and a …

The Strong B+ Leader: “A New Theory of Leadership”

Years ago, as a squadron commander, it dawned on me that sometimes the best performers in the squadron were not the individuals with the strongest pedigree.  I know many of you are thinking, “Really Bill? It took you that long?” Those who know me understand; it just takes me awhile.  In many conversations I referred …