My thanks go out to Marcia Yerman for this article that emerged from our conversation about my book, The Citizen Leader, and the everyday application of its many ideas in families and in the community.
Posted on The Huffington Post on April 4, 2012, Ms. Yerman begins:
As the 2012 election fills the news cycle with a mixture of information and noise, many people will tune in and some will opt out. Crucial issues will be debated and discussed. One of them will be clean air. How best to connect with the average voter?
I recently picked up a book by Peter Alduino called, The Citizen Leader. Alduino’s biography describes him as having twenty years of experience in the field of leadership development, personal growth, and executive coaching. The book, which is a mixture of insights, guiding exercises, and work tools—embraces key points about “active leadership.” Alduino’s “core belief” is that we are “co-creators of the world we live in,” thereby contributing to the character of the society around us.
Alduino describes the process of constructing community as being “engaged, participating, and proactive.” The building blocks of this endeavor include principles, personal integrity, and engaging others to create a better social order.
I couldn’t help thinking about the set of environmental activists that I have been connected with for a year. The Moms Clean Air Force are parents—predominately mothers. “Creating action, through shared values,” as Alduino says, has galvanized this demographic to support and build a safe planet for the next generation.
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My thanks go out to Robert Thompson and Mike Niess for inviting me to talk about The Citizen Leader on their show Thought Grenades on Blog Talk Radio. The topic of our conversation: How to Become a Leader You’d Want to Follow.
Click on this link to hear the show.
You can also download the podcast from iTunes by going to Thought Grenedes and selecting podcast #44 (3/26/12)
Send me your comments. Let me know your thoughts on the show.
Excerpted from Capitol Weekly, December 15, 2011
Peter Alduino is a leadership expert and the author of The Citizen Leader, a guide for becoming the person you would choose to follow and engaging your community.
by Alisen Boada
Tell me a bit about yourself and the seminars you host?
I started my career in investment banking, and after six years doing that I looked at the people around me and said: Their values are different than mine. Not good or bad, just I don’t aspire to be who they are. At the time my title was assistant to the president of the organization I was working for, and my boss gave me a raise, a promotion, and a bonus and I just felt the golden handcuffs go ‘click click’ and decided it was time to bow out and follow a pursuit that was more heart-felt than pocket-felt.
So I started over again in training and development because that’s more where my interests and heart were. And I’ve tried to marry both head and heart, because if I were just doing things based strictly from my head I never would have left investment banking. And that’s the approach I’ve taken in the material as well, it really tries to speak to the heart first, use the head as a way of reflecting and articulating what’s in the heart, and then finally getting hands-on so you’re taking action on something that’s meaningful to you. And if that’s the one thing people take away from this, that’ll keep them motivated even as critics come crawling out of the woodwork.
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