HUTCHINSON, Kan. — In the latest book from the Kansas Leadership Center, When Everyone Leads, co-authors Ed O’Malley and Julia Fabris McBride present a revolutionary approach to leadership. According to O'Malley, it’s not about position or authority and it is informed by the experiences of the Center.
"All the money made from the book goes back to the Kansas Leadership Center and allows us to invite more Kansans into training at no cost," O'Malley said. "I would say, it's a Kansas book because it's informed by working with over 15,000 Kansans over the last now almost 16 years. Those case studies, those stories from Kansans are alive in this book implicitly."
O’Malley was founding president and CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center. He now works for the Kansas Health Foundation, but there's no area of the Kansas economy that doesn't have challenges that need focused effort.
"Leadership is really about the biggest challenges and/or the biggest aspirations facing a company, an organization, a community. I think Kansans can relate to that. There are a lot of big challenges facing our state, the degree to which we're making progress on those, whether it's something like water resources or rural health care availability or school finance, really, it's about are we getting enough leadership from enough people and not just the people with the big jobs."
Part of the limitations Kansas leaders have are put on by themselves, according to O'Malley.
"We don't dream very big in this state, unfortunately," O'Malley said. "We need to dream bigger and the book makes the case that leadership is really about our biggest aspirations and those aspirations fuel us. I think leaders will find stories and examples of organizations aiming to make progress on big aspirations and solve tough challenges. The book describes the type of leadership you need to pull that off."
Pre-order your copy of When Everyone Leads to receive free admission to the launch party at KLC on January 31.