The Lion of the Senate’s Legacy: How to Step into A Leadership VoidAugust 28, 2009 6 Comments
By Melinda Weekes
On Wednesday, August 26, 2009, a great public servant and leader died. Massachusetts Senator Edward “Teddy” Kennedy’s legacy of service, championing the under-served and working class of our country, had come to an end in one form, now to transition to a legacy of another sort. It was the second day of the Facilitative Leadership course I was co-training, and of course, that morning, we paused to mourn, reflect, reminisce and examine our study of leadership in the brilliant, shining light of his life long leadership practice.
Later in the day, I came across this blog piece published by the Harvard Business Review, entitled, “How Ted Kennedy Got Things Done,” and couldn’t help but notice how much the observations of his distinguished service track so well with several of the attributes and principles of Facilitative Leadership:
What similarities do you notice? What improvisations are necessary?
Further, my co-trainer, Julia Santiago, brilliantly pointed out to us as we were lamenting the huge void left by the Lion of the Senate in terms of leadership in our times: part of Kennedy’s legacy is exactly that of stepping in to boldly fill a leadership space in the wake of an aching void (left by his brothers Jack and Bobby).
How might we, also, step into that void for these times? What will it take for you or me or others to DO this, in these times, given our context? What can we learn from Senator Kennedy’s case study in facilitative leadership?