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Martin Davidson

Martin Davidson

Dr. Martin Davidson is Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business where he also serves as Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer. He blogs at Leveraging Difference.

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His catch phrase, "Win the future," was simple and compelling...

By Martin Davidson | January 25, 2011; 11:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Fearful leaders

I suspect the meetings that President Obama has with his advisers engender passion and debate between and among all present over high-stakes decisions. In these kinds of settings leaders far too frequently march down one of two paths: they shut out their advisers or they cater to...

By Martin Davidson | September 29, 2010; 02:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ostrich leadership at the World Trade Center

As human beings, crisis and danger can lead to fight or flight responses. Freezing up and not knowing what to do is a manifestation of flight. But part of a skilled leader's toolkit is the ability to override that response because their constituents, their organizations, and their societies need them to. People need...

By Martin Davidson | August 26, 2010; 08:51 AM ET | Comments (2)

Falling prey to the 'zero tolerance' card

Leaders rush to condemn anyone who makes an "identity" mistake, in part, because it makes the leader look virtuous to do so.

By Martin Davidson | July 23, 2010; 06:24 AM ET | Comments (6)

Ivy is good but we need more

There is nothing wrong with a bunch of Ivy League minds coming together on the Supreme Court bench, but we have to ask what else matters in rendering the best justice we can.

By Martin Davidson | May 18, 2010; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (23)

She leads, we follow

Real change is never a one-person show. Real change happens when the work of formal leaders--leaders in the center--is complemented by the work of leaders on the margin.

By Martin Davidson | May 14, 2010; 05:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

In praise of damaged leaders

Our next great leaders will dare to be flawed and that, in part, is why people will follow them.

By Martin Davidson | March 2, 2010; 05:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

Worth talking about

I have seen many leaders make mistakes when in the midst of race talk. And I am particularly intrigued when white leaders make those mistakes.

By Martin Davidson | January 12, 2010; 06:42 AM ET | Comments (27)

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