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Cecilia Rowedder: When mothers are leaders

Raising six kids by itself is a monumental task. But Cecilia Rowedder does that an more: She has stepped forward into community leaders roles and made her vision come alive.

By Ian Saleh | June 30, 2010; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

In the Bangladesh slums, building leaders not extremists

The young rickshaw-puller had shooed me away just five minutes earlier, coarsely calling me 'another of those NGO workers.' Now I watched him warm to my colleague Muhib's kind smile and easy.

By Andrea Useem | June 9, 2010; 06:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Afghanistan's man for all seasons

Ashraf Ghani, then Afghanistan's Minister of Finance, asked the IMF team: 'If Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, the British and Soviet empires can't control Afghanistan, how does anyone think a team from IMF can?'

By Andrea Useem | May 12, 2010; 06:01 AM ET | Comments (2)

Hands-on leadership from the bakery

Before there was CakeLove, I spent a decent amount of time wondering what I should do with my life. When I realized cake could be my future I still had to figure out how to get there.

By Andrea Useem | April 28, 2010; 05:56 AM ET | Comments (2)

The 'brave, noble, divinely foolish' acts of leadership

In the rush of what we call civilized life, few of us take sufficient time to get to know ourselves. No one can become a truly great leader without self-mastery.

By Andrea Useem | March 19, 2010; 02:44 PM ET | Comments (5)

Taking Dr. King's message to the street

One of 16 children of crack-addicted parents, I sold drugs and went to prison. But a mentor helped me find a way off the streets, and that's my mission now: to save other young guys from bad choices.

By Andrea Useem | January 14, 2010; 01:19 PM ET | Comments (30)

Why culture comes first

Delivering products and keeping sound financials are important -- we all know that. But what I've discovered is the Halloween parade and bowling night might just be more important.

By Andrea Useem | November 19, 2009; 08:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Missing Child, a Leadership Journey

I never aspired to leadership. But 25 years ago, with a rash of child abductions, I felt called to service. Along the way, I learned Lao Tzu's lesson: "To lead people, walk beside them."

By Andrea Useem | August 14, 2009; 01:52 PM ET | Comments (24)

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