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What is the Best Leadership Blog of 2010?

by Kevin Eikenberry on November 15, 2010

That is the question we want you to help us answer!

I first asked and had readers help me answer that question in July of 2007. We identified ten great blogs and had readers vote. We did the same in July of 2008 and 2009. This year we delayed the vote, but the process is much the same.

This year the field is so full of great blogs, we have nominated 11 great blogs all that speak entirely or to a large extent about leadership. Before I announce the ten finalists, let me tell you why we do this, and why you should care . . .

Encouraging Learning Leaders

This blog is is called Leadership and Learning for a reason. A big part of my goal for this blog is to encourage leaders to be learners. Blogs are of course just one of many ways that leaders can learn, but they are a great one! Great blog posts provide information and knowledge, provide a chance for you to reflect and think, and allow for you to interact and share your thoughts as well.

What’s in it for You

While having access to eleven great blogs is one great reason in itself for doing this (While I hope you read many of the nominees, I’m hoping there is at least one you’ve not read that will enrich you in the future), we wanted to give you more reasons to vote.

Like complimentary membership in our new Bud to Boss Community – this membership is optional after you vote, but as a learning leader you will definitely want access.

And how about prizes?

Each week we will pull names from the voters that week for some great prizes – both from us and some of our nominees! And at the end of the voting we will award ten stupendous prizes!

5 Second Prize Winners will receive a two-pack of my leadership books – Remarkable Leadership and #LeadershipTweet – signed and sent to you right before Christmas! (a nearly $48 value)

4 First Prize Winners will receive that two-pack of books, plus a three month Silver Membership in the Remarkable Leadership Learning System, starting in January (total value almost $500)

1 Grand Prize Winner – will get everything the First Prize Winners get, plus a brand new Amazon Kindle! (total value approaching $650!)

Plus, when you vote we have made it easy for you to invite your friends and colleagues to vote as well – giving them the chance to win, and giving you some immediately downloadable thank you gifts just for inviting them!

Vote now!

Here are the Eleven Nominees!

Here are the nominees, in no particular order:

Leading Blog – Building Community Leaders by Michael McKinney

Three Star Leadership Blog by Wally Bock

N2Growth Blog – Where CEOs Come to Grow by Mike Myatt

Great Leadership by Dan McCarthy

All Things Workplace by Steve Roesler

Lead By Example by John Baldoni

Leading Questions by Ed Brenegar

Ramblings from a Glass Half Full by Terry Starbucker

LeaderTalk by Mountain State University and Becky Robinson

Extreme Leadership by Steve Farber

Leadership Freak by Dan Rockwell

If you already have a favorite, of course you can go vote. The great benefit here though, is to check out each, blessing you with their individual wisdom, then deciding who to vote for!

Vote now!

About the Month

Thourough the month, we’ll be talking about the contest here, and the nominees will be doing the same. I will also be hosting a post hand selected by each nominee here too. These posts will feature the great ideas of that blogger, with additonal ideas and insights for me. So you will definitely want to come back throughout the month to follow these great posts and keep up with progress on the voting.

Why This Eleven?

The world of blogging in general, and leadership blogging in particular has changed drastically since the spring of 2007. There are more blog, more great blogs and more reasons why people blog. We used the list of people we read, who those bloggers read and several other long lists of leadership blogs to pick our nominees. Picking just ten was very difficult. Perhaps one of your favorites isn’t listed. If so, as the final selector of the list, trust me I know how you feel because there are many great blogs not on this list!

Each of our nominees was notified of their nomination and agreed to participate this month in promoting the event and providing at least one guest post that you will read here, along with my comments during the month.

I hope you will join me in voting, and telling your friends via email, Facebook, Twitter or Carrier pidgeon to vote as well.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Brian Dodd November 15, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Kevin,

Keep your eye on http://www.briandoddonleadership.com.

Thanks,
Brian

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Esme Holland November 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Kevin –

It’s most disappointing to see only one woman (who shares billing with a university) on your list. Some great women leadership bloggers you should have reached out to include:

Geronimo Coaching by Marion Chapsal
You’re Not the Boss of Me by Gwyn Teatro
Get Your Leadership Big On by Jane Perdue
Germane Insights by Anne Perschel
Dorothy Dalton by Dorothy Dalton
Random Acts of Leadership by Susan Mazza

If folks are going to talk the talk about leadership, then they must be at the forefront of inclusion and diversity, walking the talk.

I’ll be watching to see if this canary in the mine gets published!

Regards,

Esme

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Kevin Eikenberry November 17, 2010 at 5:05 am

Esme – Thanks for your comment and the list of suggested blogs. A couple of other people have emailled me about a similiar concern. What follows is essentially what I sent them.

In preparing the listfor this event, I and my team never considered the gender issue. I read for ideas, not for gender. Clearly there are differences between how men and women see the world and I value both, and I couldn’t have told you the gender balance of the final nominees before it came up– it didn’t cross my/our mind during the process. We looked at over 200 blogs (and the first pass was done by a team led by a woman on my team). In this post I mentioned that the nominees all agreed to participate in this event – by promoting it, providing a guest blog post, hosting a post and more. This wasn’t something several of our nominees wanted to do (which is of course, perfectly fine), therefore excluding them from the final list (And yes, there were women on that list).

Additionally, there were several more woman on our short list. Again, without gender as a criteria or consideration… the list is what it is.

And some additional thoughts…

Regardless of gender, I believe strongly that the 11 blogs nominated are both outstanding and contribute signifiantly and meaningfully to the global conversation about leadership. Are they they only ones for whom that can be said? Of course not! Anytime you pick a list of “the best” you are by definition leaving others out.

Could a much broader list be developed? Indeed it could, and has been in many other places on the web – these lists are also valuable and I recmmend them being read.

Again, I appreciate your comment and your list. Those that I wasn’t aware of will be added to my reading list.

Kevin :)

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Dan-Leadership Freak November 17, 2010 at 6:15 am

Kevin,

Just a quick note of thanks for including Leadership Freak. It may sound lame but just being included with your other nominees makes me a winner.

I don’t know everyone on your nominee list but I have spoken personally with Becky Robinson, Mike Myatt, and Wally Bock. They are insightful, generous people. I admire them. They set an example for all of us.

Thanks for adding value to the leadership community.

Best Regards,

Dan
Leadership Freak

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Kevin Eikenberry November 17, 2010 at 6:30 am

It is my pleasure to have you as a nominee Dan. While I haven’t met or talked to everyone on the list either, I have read all for a long time. I agree with your assessment.

Kevin :)

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Esme Holland November 17, 2010 at 8:33 am

Kevin –

Thank you for being open-minded enough to post my comment and to reply.

Just a few additional thoughts based on your reply:

- you note that a woman on your team was involved in the first pass. Was she involved throughout the entire process?
- you are most certainly correct that men and women view leadership, and the world differently. Where the world can benefit is when both the attributes that men AND women bring to the table are valued equally. Your reaction to this situation was to justify the process. The female perspective would have been broader: hmmm, let’s see how we can do better next next. I think Jane Perdue wrote a post on this topic.
- your rather cavalier statement that the “list is what it is” brings to mind studies about how orchestra participants were selected that Gladwell references in Blink. Equal numbers of women and men were selected when the judges didn’t know the gender of the musicians trying out. However, when the judges did know the gender, more men were selected. Subtle bias at work.
- and one more thing: it’s not just women who are missing, your list looks pretty much like you — white men.

True leadership knows no gender nor ethnicity — and doesn’t hide behind process.

The canary is still watching!

Esme

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Kevin Eikenberry November 19, 2010 at 6:30 am

Esme -

Thanks for your further questions. One of the great things about blogs is they allow for dialogue and discussion.

Before I respond/comment on your points and questions, let me apologize for not getting back to you sooner. I have had a full week of training, flights and evening client meetings, so wasn’t able to respond as quickly as I would have liked.

Here then are my comments to your comments:

– a woman was involved from the start – she is managing the entire event, communciating regularly with all of our nominees and did all of the heavy lifting related to this event. Without Angie, this event would not exist, and I hope she knows how much I appreciate her effort!
– My response to your question (and other questions posed privately via email) wasn’t to justify my process, rather to explain it. If it feels different than that, I apologize. As I have said, I would love for more women to be on this list and did invite other women to participate.
– To say that “The female perspective would have been broader: hmmm, let’s see how we can do better next next.” (I assume you mistyped and meant “next time”.) With all due respect, I don’t believe that the idea or response to continually improve a process is a solely female perspective. If we do this event next year, we will absolutely work to improve our process as we have done each year. The list of blogs you and others have suggested to me are an important part of that process – after all, it is hard to pick a blog, however fabulous it is, if you don’t know it exists.
- My comment that the list “is what it is” wasn’t meant to be cavalier at all, simply a statement of fact. The event has begun, people have invested time in posting about it, many have voted, etc. I am very familiar with the research you cite from Gladwell’s Blink, and I don’t believe it played a factor here at all. After all, if one of our goals (which it is) is to get as many people as I can to engage with, and vote for the nominees in this event, what possible purpose would there be in knowlingly or intentionally alientating any one or group?

Esme – I hope this further illuminates our thinking, and I hope on hope that none of this is seen as justification, but rather explanation. Clearly there is always room for another event or list highlighting leadership blogs. I urge you to create one, using whatever process you choose. Let me know if you do. I’ll be the first to promote it.

Thanks!

Kevin :)

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Esme Holland November 20, 2010 at 7:42 am

Kevin –

Again, thank you for responding, adding additional information and of course pointing out a typing error.

Regarding your suggestion that I create an event or list highlighting leadership blogs, that won’t happen. I’m not interested in “events” designed to sell or promote something/someone. As for the list, “separate but equal” isn’t the point. The point is acceptance and integration.

Regards,

Esme

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Kevin Eikenberry November 22, 2010 at 10:50 am

Esme -

I appreciate our conversation here, and hope that while we might not be in agreement we can understand each other’s perspectives.

I have learned from your much from your comments and value them.

To your final point, I know your goal is integration and acceptance, and while as you have pointed out this event is not as integrated as you would like, I hope my comments show that it isn’t a reflection of my apprecitation or acceptance of different viewpoints and perspectives. As for another list of blogs, I didn’t mean for you or someone to create a “separate but equal” one, but an “integrated” one. If you, or any one else reading this creates any list of great bloggers, I am happy to point anyone who reads here to that list or lists.

All the best to you Esme!

Kevin :)

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Bahadur March 4, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I think one person that really should be added to the list of blog sites related to leadership is by the well known speaker and author Robin Sharma http://www.robinsharma.com

He has actually been rated as one of the top leadership development training consultants in the world and blogs regularly. Check it out.

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