Ira Chaleff

Tidings of the Season

As a nation, the tidings – the news – has been shocking and we are each in our way coping with how to celebrate our holidays in the knowledge that for some there is...

Avoid Fatal Crashes: Leaders and their Blindspots

As a leader, you need the equivalent of a Class A Commercial Driver License (required of big rig drivers) with no restrictions to the load you carry. Yes, you need to drive fast to reach your destination in time to satisfy customer requirements; and yes, you need to change lanes deftly when your progress is slowed so you stay competitive. But you also need to check the blind spots so you deliver results safely and profitably.

Letter Published in the NY Times

One of my roles in Washington DC is Chairman Emeritus of the Congressional Management Foundation, known to Capital Hill staff as “CMF”. CMF is one of the very few non-partisan (and non-profit) organizations that...

Followership in the NY Times

ira Chaleff discusses David Brook’s column in the NY Times on “The Follower Problem.” He concurs with Brook’s call for following just authorities and the need to distinguish them fro unjust authorities. He reminds us that leaders are imperfect and should not expect to be perfect. Still, he reminds followers that “leaders who violate core values need to be swiftly corrected before “absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Trust, Tango and Followership

Trust, Tango and Followership Ira discusses the video he produced on Leading and Following through Tango to graduates of Georgetown’s Professional Manager Development Program. This is an excellent introduction to the tango video. Is...

Courageous Election Monitor

Tatyana could refuse to be complicit in fraud while still supporting both her principal and Putin. It is a noteworthy example of the variety of choices one can make when confronted with an ethical situation. Neither courage nor ethical stances need be absolute to make a difference.


“Whatever else 2012 brings, it will require governments, schools, businesses, non-profits and social movements to create environments in which participants at every level can meaningfully express their views. If those conditions are not created and supported, the conversation will quickly migrate into the public online forum and from there to the streets.”