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Everyone is a leader ... and everyone can be a better leader.  If you want to be a more effective peace leader, I recommend the following videos and books to you.  The videos are excellent and easy to digest, each one being about one hour in length.  Hence, for a total investment of approximately 11 hours (below), I can assure you that these videos will have a tremendous impact on your life and, if implemented, on your life's work (whatever that is).

The videos are expensive to own, unfortunately (ranging in prices from US$500 to US$1,000), but they may be rented (US$100 +/-).  If you can not afford the video, or if it is difficult to get in your part of the world, almost every one is based on an easy to read book that is readily available, relatively inexpensively.  Consider renting the videos and putting on public showings (i.e. the public that is most likely to benefit from these) where you ask for donations towards the cost of rental.

Ordering information: for the materials of Ken Blanchard, contact the Blanchard Solutions Group .  Ask for their catalogue.  You may also try local companies that specialize in educational videos and books that may carry this selection, or can obtain them on your behalf.  Most of the books should be available through Chapters book store online or Amazon 

To read my summary notes on these videos, click here.

Leadership and a Culture of Violence, by Bob Stewart

NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)LEADERSHIP IN TRANSFORMATION OF THE PEACE PROFESSION - here is the basic curriculum for a semester course in Leadership and Peace, developed by Robert Stewart, C.A., C.M.C., September 2005.  This may be completed as a self-study course.  Modelled after the experiences of Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace and the Canadian Culture of Peace Program.
- download Powerpoint format
- download Microsoft Word format

The Peace Leader's Library

1. What does a Leader do?
Video - Passion For Excellence (Tom Peters)
Video - The One Minute Manager (Ken Blanchard)
Video - Putting the One Minute Manager to Work (Ken Blanchard)

2. What does a Leader do to motivate staff?
Video - Leadership and the One Minute Manager (Ken Blanchard)
Video - Building One Minute Management Skills (Ken Blanchard)
Video - Situational Leadership (Ken Blanchard)
Video - A Passion For Customers (Tom Peters)
Book - The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams (Ken Blanchard)
Book - Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute (Ken Blanchard) (for an online summary relating "Empowerment and Peace Organizations" click here )
Book - The Leadership Pill: The Missing Ingredient in Motivating People Today (Ken Blanchard and Marc Muchnick; "Leadership for a lifetime.")

3. What does a Leader do to manage change?
Video - Managing the Journey (Ken Blanchard)
Book - Mission Possible: Becoming a World-Class Organization While There's Still Time (Ken Blanchard and Terry Waghorn; "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level at which we created them." Albert Einstein; Mission Possible offers the kind of ideas that change the world.)

4. What does a Leader do for him or herself?
Video - The One Minute Sales Person (Larry Wilson)
Video - The Joy of Stress (Peter Hansen)
Video - The One Minute Manager Gets Fit (Ken Blanchard)

Book - The Heart of a Leader: Insights on the Art of Influence (Ken Blanchard; "People with humility don't think less of themselves, they just think of themselves less.")
Book - The Servant Leader: Transforming Your Heart, Head, Hands & Habits (Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges; "Effective Leadership starts on the inside.  Are you a Servant Leader or a self-serving leader?")
Book - Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness (Robert K. Greenleaf, originator of the servant leadership theory; interestingly, the concept emerged after a deep involvement with colleges and universities and their frailties; click on the link to read the online summary of highlights - 5 star recommended reading)
Book - The Generosity Factor: Discover the Joy of Giving Your Time, Talent, and Treasure (Ken Blanchard and S. Truett Cathy)
Book - The Present: The Gift that Makes You Happy and Successful at Work and in Life (Spencer Johnson; "Be in the Present, Learn from the Past, Plan for the Future.")
NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes) Book - Self Leadership and The One Minute Manager: Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Self Leadership - Discover the Magic of No Excuses (Ken Blanchard, Susan Fowler, Lawrence Hawkins) Click here for highlights.
- 5 star recommended/must reading
NEWBUTTONPINK.GIF (519 bytes)Book - The Leader Within : Learning Enough About Yourself to Lead Others, by Drea Zigarmi, Ken Blanchard, Michael O'Connor, Carl Edeburn. Click here for detailed highlights. - 5 Star Recommended/Must Reading.

To read my summary notes on these videos listed above, click here.

5. Ethics and Values in Leadership
Book - Managing by Values (Ken Blanchard) (for an online summary see
Book - The Power of Ethical Management (Ken Blanchard and Norman Vincent Peale)
Book - Leadership by the Book (Ken Blanchard)
Book - Principle-Centered Leadership: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime (Stephen R. Covey; PCL will help you resolve ten leadership dilemmas)
6. Other
Book - The One Minute Teacher (Spencer Johnson)

Book - Managing the Non-Profit Organization, Principles and Practices (Peter F. Drucker)

Book - Nobody in Charge: Essays on the Future of Leadership (Harlan Cleveland; suggests how and why the worldwide spread of knowledge, speeded and enhanced by information technology, is fundamentally changing what it takes to bring people together to make something different happen -- in business, government, education, international affairs; describes the attitudes, qualities, and learnings that will work best for people who point the way, create networks, build organizations, and inspire others to act; also examines the ethics of public leadership and the education of citizens -- in societies where a rapidly growing of citizens will opt for leadership.)

Book - Whale Done!: The Power of Positive Relationships (Ken Blanchard et al. shows how to make accentuating the positive and redirecting the negative the best tools to increase productivity.)

Book - High Five!: None of Us is as Smart as All of US (Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles; why teams are important and what individuals and organizations can do to build successful ones)

Book - Gung Ho!: Turn on the People in any Organization (Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles; increasing productivity by fostering excellent morale)

Book - Everyone's a Coach: Five Business Secrets for High-Performance Coaching (Ken Blanchard and Don Shula)

Book - Boards That Make A Difference: A New Design for Leadership in Nonprofit and Public Organizations (John Carver; a radically new model of board governance that energizes board members to build a strong, vibrant organization that achieves its goals)

Book - The Visionary's Handbook: Nine Paradoxes that will Shape the Future of Your Business (Jim Taylor and Watts Wacker; want to know the future?  then you have to know the present -- and you have to ask the right questions; follow four major rules: know who you are, know where you want to go, recognize your own seminal moments, and adopt an attitude of insurgency)

Book - Influence: Science and Practice (Robert B. Cialdini; understand the influence process)

7. Resources on Transformative Leadership (with thanks to Dr. Sue McGregor)

Alimo-Metcalfe, B. (2001). Transforming leadership. Developing People Newsletter, 45 Retrieved February 7, 2004 from

Andras, P., & Erdos, G. (2001). Management, leadership and charisma.  Retrieved October 1, 2003 from

Arcus, M.(1999). Moral reasoning. In J. Johnson and C. Fedje (Eds.), Family and Consumer Sciences Curriculum: Toward a critical science approach -Yearbook 19 (pp.174-183). Peroroa, IL: McGraw-Hill, Glenco. 

Astin, H., & Astin, A. (Eds.). (2000). Leadership reconsidered. Battle Creek, MI: W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Baldwin, E. (1995). Transformative professional practice: Overcoming ambivalence, building community. Kappa Omicron Nu FORUM, 8 (2), 21-38.
Retrieved February 7, 2004 from

Bass, B. M. (1985). Leadership and performance beyond expectations. New York: Free.

Bass, B.M. (1997). The ethics of transformational leadership. Retrieved February 7, 2004 from

Bass, B.M., & Steidlmeier, P. (1998). Ethics, character and authentic transformational leadership. Retrieved February 7, 2004 from

Bensimon, E. (1989). Transactional, transformational and "trans-vigorational" leaders. World Wide Web Edition of Leadership Abstracts, 2(6). Retrieved February 7, 2004 from

Brighouse, T. (2003). Transformational and transactional leadership. Retrieved February 7, 2004 from

Brown, W., Birnstihl, E., & Wheeler, D. (1996). Leading without authority. Electronic Journal of Extension, 34(5). Retrieved February 7, 2004 from

Burns, J.M. (1978). Leadership. NY: Harper & Row.

Covey, S. (2001). Transformational vs. transactional leadership. Retrieved February 7, 2004 from

Dantley, M. (2002). Transformative leadership and its intersection with Cornel West's interpretation of prophetic spirituality. Retrieved February
7, 2004 from

Gentzler, Y. (1999). What is critical theory and critical science? In J.Johnson & C. Fedje (Eds.), Family and Consumer Sciences Curriculum: Toward a critical science approach - Yearbook 19 (pp.23-31). Peroroa, IL: McGraw-Hill, Glenco.

Goeglein, A., & Hall, M. (1997). Systems, values and transformative leadership. Retrieved October 1, 2003 from

Gronn, P. (1995). Greatness revisited: The current obsession with transformational leadership. Leading and Managing 1(1), 14-27. Retrieved
February 7, 2004 from

Heifetz,, R.A., & Laurie, D.L. (1997). The work of leadership. Harvard Business Review, January-February, 124-134.

Hochberg, H. (1996). Journeyman leadership Retrieved from February 7, 2004

Jahan, R. (2000). Transformative leadership in the 21st century. Retrieved February 7, 2004 from

Liontos, L.B. (1992). Transformational leadership. ERIC Digest, 72. Retrieved October 1, 2003 from

McGregor, S.L.T. (2003). Critical Science: A primer. Retrieved February 7, 2004 from

Rehm, M. (1999). Learning a new language. In J. Johnson and C. Fedje (Eds.), Family and Consumer Sciences Curriculum: Toward a critical science
approach - Yearbook 19 (pp.58-69). Peroroa, IL: McGraw-Hill, Glenco (now available from Central Washington University).

Rodriquez, R.G., & Villarreal, A. (2001). Transformative leadership in Latino communities. Retrieved February 7, 2004 from

Scholl, R.W. (2002). Leadership style. Retrieved February 7, 2004 from

Stockdale, P. (1999). Psychology of employee relations: Leadership. Retrieved February 7, 2004 from

Stokes, G. (2003). A call for transformational leadership. Retrieved February 7, 2004 from

Stuart-Kotze, R. (2003). Transformational vs. transactional management. Retrieved October 1, 2003 from

Townley, A. (1999). Creating a peaceful school community: The role of transformative leadership. Retrieved October 1, 2003 from

8. Other Resources on Leadership and Peace

The Institute for Global Leadership provides confidential, compassionate, and skilled guidance to help leaders and teams through life's challenges and crises.  We recognize all human beings, institutions, nations and multilateral entities for their uniqueness, need and capacity for transformation.  We provide services and resources for leaders committed to a just, sustainable peace.  Virginia Swain, as the Director of The Institute for Global Leadership, provides leadership and team building, mentoring, and dispute resolution services in Worcester, Massachusetts and New York City. These services are offered in person, by email, telephone, or teleconferencing. She helps leaders and teams develop their own philosophy of life and global work ethic as well as the competencies and knowledge that are needed for responsible action.  For more information: or contact Virginia Swain, Director, The Institute for Global Leadership, P.O. Box 20044, Worcester, MA 01602, USA; phone: 508-753-4172 ext. 3; mobile: 508-245-6843; fax: 508-753-1004; and In New York: 19 West 34th Street
Penthouse, New York, NY 10023, USA.

Since 2001, The Peace Company has offered Peace Leadership Training to hundreds of individuals worldwide at such place as Conflict Management Group, Cambridge, MA; Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, CA and the School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT.  Beginning in January 2004, we are greatly expanding our offering of peace training and action programs for both general audiences (Peace Builders) and professionals involved with peace and conflict resolution matters (Peace Leaders). We have exciting new home-study and action programs, online study programs and onsite workshops.  All of our programs have been created to be dynamic and highly interactive. Designed with humor and compassion, each program allows the participant to engage their personal spirit of peace, as well as to develop the skills to make a real difference in the world.  Faculty: Louise Diamond, Ph.D., Founder and president of The Peace Company, international peace leader, and accomplished author. Diana Chigas, Online course co-coordinator, facilitator and professional peace leader.  Elizabeth Slade, Co-author of How to Raise a Peaceful Child in a Violent World , Ask Bess and Bubby advice column and Montessori educator.  For more informaton: , or contact The Peace Company • 54 Maple Street, Bristol, VT 05443 • 1-888-455-5355(toll-free) •

University of British Columbia ("UBC") Leadership & Involvement Workshops and presentations - Peace Challenge is a new program for UBC students to build peace in their community and lead change, while winning great prizes. This workshop will introduce students to Peace Challenge and our Peace Ambassador program on campus!  The following workshops have been presented as part of Leadership and Involvement events. If any of them interest you or your organization, please contact us and we will provide you with more information.  For more information: or email

The Hannon-Shields Centre for Leadership and Peace is a centre of compassion and peace for persons, communities and the earth. Founded in 1982, the Centre has provided opportunities for people of many different backgrounds, cultures and spiritual practices to reflect on their life experience and make choices for growth and change, to take care of their physical, spiritual and psychological health. The Compassionate Leadership Program and the Children’s Peace Theatre are core programs of The Centre. We invite you to explore our site, learn about our exciting programs, services and events and contact us if we can be of assistance.  305 Dawes Road, Toronto, Ontario M4B 2E2; Tel.(416) 755-2131 Fax:(416)755-4086; email ; web site 

Center for Emerging Leadership, PO Box 307, Lutsen, MN  55612-9519; email ; Marcia Hyatt:  (218) 387-9239; Ginny Belden-Charles:  (651) 698-7799; web site .  Mission Statement: To create more life-affirming work places and communities by increasing awareness of the archetypal feminine and supporting journeys toward wholeness. We sponsor workshops, retreats, publications and learning communities to explore the principles and practices for healthy work cultures.

A Peace Leadership Agenda - a guide for leaders proposed by The Peace Company.


The Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL) is an educational not-for-profit whose mission is to inspire and educate the next generation of civic leaders and provide them with opportunities to take action locally and globally to improve their communities.  Resources for teachers:

The Center for Public Leadership ( Kennedy School, Harvard University) has responded rapidly to the burgeoning interest in leadership.  The Center is dedicated to excellence in leadership education and research. It is equally committed to bridging the gap between leadership theory and practice.  The Center for Public Leadership provides a forum for students, scholars, and practitioners committed to the idea that effective public leadership is essential to the common good. It creates opportunities for reflection and discovery, and promotes the dynamic exchange of ideas among those from different disciplines, sectors, cultures, and nations. 

Diplomacy - useful resources on diplomacy

Consensus - useful resources on consensus

Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership, and Change - Don Beck & Christopher Cowan, 1996, Blackwell Publications: Malden, MA.  As human consciousness moves toward a more worldcentric perspective, there is an evergrowing push for leaders to move from traditional hierarchical leadership approaches to more holistic leadership approaches. What is often missing in this shift of paradigms is an understanding of the stages of human development and the corresponding type of leadership and kind of learning required at each stage. The following outline of MEME dynamics taken from Spiral Dynamics is designed to fill this gap and provide a clearer picture of the emerging role of leadership.  Click here to see an excellent 16 page summary of the book.  5 Star Must Reading.


9. Conclusion

And a suitable conclusion from Sue McGregor: "I also have a quote that I would like to share from Margaret Wheatley's Leadership and the New
Science, "We work where we are, with the system we know, the one we can get our arms around" (1999, p.44).

"She (Wheatley) says that we are all acting independently; yet, we are having a collective impact in the system. This is not the same as incremental change.  It is called a quantum leap, abrupt and discontinuous change by which the entire system is invisibly creating visible conditions. No longer will I feel like I am alone in my efforts to effect change.

"She (Wheatley) says that the new science of Quantum physics lets us appreciate that everything is connected. As we each engage in power dances, relationships, we know that each single act of leadership is connected, invisibly, to another set of dancers. The entire dance floor is full and all are part of one fabric. As leaders, we can take courage from knowing that the impact of an act does not equate to its size but to the collective impact of all of these acts."

To that, I (Bob Stewart) would like to quote Robert Greenleaf, father of Servant Leadership, who says "Part of the problem is that serve and lead are overused words with negative connotations.  But they are also good words and I can find no others that carry as well the meaning I would like to convey.  Not everything that is old and worn, or even corrupt, can be thrown away.  Some of it has to be rebuilt and used again.  So it is, it seems to me, with the words serve and lead.  Both words are essential for what is undertaken" (in our case in peace leadership).  

To many peace people, "lead" is a four-letter word with negative connotations, usually because of our experience with authoritarian and corrupt leaders (cross reference to ).   This makes it all the more important for us to learn about leadership and act to change it in those leaders who are causing violence.  Finally, if you are reading this page, then you too are a leader -- so it is best to continuously improve our own leadership skills.  We need good peace leadership.

To read my summary notes on these videos listed above, click here.

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