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D. Michael Lindsay

D. Michael Lindsay

President of Gordon College

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Professor Lindsay story
November 25, 2016
As many other leaders also feel, no job description could list every job I might have on any given day. As a college president, I play the role of scheduling juggler, donor developer, faculty soother, student advisor, professional counsellor, hard-nosed negotiator, and — on my better days —...
A good leader makes sacrifices for his followers
October 14, 2016
Never before has confidence in society’s leaders been so low. During the PLATINUM Study, in which I interviewed 550 top CEOs and senior officials in the US, I found that leadership is rooted in the relationship between the followers and the leader. This relationship can ruin or build a company in...
Southwest’s secret to success
September 2, 2016
Most of the leaders you meet during a study such as the Platinum Study, in which I interviewed 550 top CEOs and senior officials in the United States, have excellent educations,  résumés, social clout, and expensive suits. 
The Ethics of Leadership
July 22, 2016
At their best, leaders and businesses are created to serve others. That service can look drastically different depending on the context, but the greatest leaders are servant-leaders.At their best, leaders and businesses are created to serve others. That service can look drastically different...
Good leaders make decisions based on personal experiences
June 10, 2016
Our experiences shape the way we choose to contribute to the world. That’s human nature, and it’s as true for us as it is for our “platinum” leaders. During the PLATINUM Study, in which I interviewed 550 top CEOs and senior officials in the US, I found that...
Leading by example is necessary to maintain loyalty
April 29, 2016
Great leaders stand out because of the way they live their lives. Despite the toll leadership can take on an individual, there are many effective ways of integrating work and life. I learned about this through my study of 550 top CEOs and senior officials in the US. My studies showed that...
Crises are complex, but leaders can learn from them
March 18, 2016
Student pressure to end apartheid in South Africa was a major issue on US college campuses in the 1980s. I talked to some of the most powerful people in the US about this for a study called PLATINUM. One of these was Nannerl Keohane, the president of Wellesley College, a women’s liberal arts...
The White House Fellows programme develops political and social skills
February 5, 2016
I first met Henry Cisneros, a former US secretary of housing and urban development, during a series of interviews I conducted on the White House Fellowship. This highly competitive programme, founded by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, allows future leaders to work as senior aides to top...
How to make a leader
December 25, 2015
Leaders are not born. Despite the tendency to believe that tutors, Ivy League universities, and vacations with the rich and famous can propel a youngster into a C-level position at a Fortune 500 company, leadership doesn’t actually begin until age 20. 
Loose ties are abundant, but risky, at the top
November 27, 2015
The decor varies greatly in the offices of the 550 CEOs, government officials, and the heads of major NGOs interviewed as part of my research on leadership. Photos are...
Professor Lindsay story
November 25, 2016
As many other leaders also feel, no job description could list every job I might have on any given day. As a college president, I play the role of scheduling juggler, donor developer, faculty soother, student advisor, professional counsellor, hard-nosed negotiator, and — on my better days —...
A good leader makes sacrifices for his followers
October 14, 2016
Never before has confidence in society’s leaders been so low. During the PLATINUM Study, in which I interviewed 550 top CEOs and senior officials in the US, I found that leadership is rooted in the relationship between the followers and the leader. This relationship can ruin or build a company in...
Southwest’s secret to success
September 2, 2016
Most of the leaders you meet during a study such as the Platinum Study, in which I interviewed 550 top CEOs and senior officials in the United States, have excellent educations,  résumés, social clout, and expensive suits. 
The Ethics of Leadership
July 22, 2016
At their best, leaders and businesses are created to serve others. That service can look drastically different depending on the context, but the greatest leaders are servant-leaders.At their best, leaders and businesses are created to serve others. That service can look drastically different...
Good leaders make decisions based on personal experiences
June 10, 2016
Our experiences shape the way we choose to contribute to the world. That’s human nature, and it’s as true for us as it is for our “platinum” leaders. During the PLATINUM Study, in which I interviewed 550 top CEOs and senior officials in the US, I found that...
Leading by example is necessary to maintain loyalty
April 29, 2016
Great leaders stand out because of the way they live their lives. Despite the toll leadership can take on an individual, there are many effective ways of integrating work and life. I learned about this through my study of 550 top CEOs and senior officials in the US. My studies showed that...
Crises are complex, but leaders can learn from them
March 18, 2016
Student pressure to end apartheid in South Africa was a major issue on US college campuses in the 1980s. I talked to some of the most powerful people in the US about this for a study called PLATINUM. One of these was Nannerl Keohane, the president of Wellesley College, a women’s liberal arts...
The White House Fellows programme develops political and social skills
February 5, 2016
I first met Henry Cisneros, a former US secretary of housing and urban development, during a series of interviews I conducted on the White House Fellowship. This highly competitive programme, founded by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, allows future leaders to work as senior aides to top...
How to make a leader
December 25, 2015
Leaders are not born. Despite the tendency to believe that tutors, Ivy League universities, and vacations with the rich and famous can propel a youngster into a C-level position at a Fortune 500 company, leadership doesn’t actually begin until age 20. 
Loose ties are abundant, but risky, at the top
November 27, 2015
The decor varies greatly in the offices of the 550 CEOs, government officials, and the heads of major NGOs interviewed as part of my research on leadership. Photos are...

About The Author

D. Michael Lindsay is the president of Gordon College in the United States (north of Boston Massachusetts), and is the author of View from the Top: An Inside Look at How People in Power See and Shape the World (Wiley, 2014).