ILA Podcast

Leadership: It’s Risky and Rare

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders

with Ed O'Malley


Quotes from This Episode
  • “We’re saying that leadership and authority are two totally different things. Sometimes people in authority, exercise leadership, sometimes they don’t.”
  • “But we also believe that leadership is incredibly risky. And therefore we think it’s incredibly rare. So we think leadership is an activity. It’s a risky one. And therefore it doesn’t happen very often.”
  • “It’s mobilizing others to make progress on their most daunting challenges.”
  • “So that’s what we’re about at KLC. We work with thousands of people a year, building their capacity to solve problems and to seize opportunities.”

About the Guest

Ed O’Malley is the President & CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC). KLC is a non-profit organization committed to fostering leadership for stronger, healthier, and more prosperous Kansas communities. We discuss how KLC is exploring the activity of leadership and its unique and innovative approach to education. My favorite quote from our chat – “Leadership is about intervening skillfully so that others become mobilized to take up the cause.” Yes!

Host Scott J. Allen

Scott Allen

Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University. He is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. He is also a communications coach, consultant, author, podcast host, and entrepreneur. For almost two decades, he’s worked with clients to improve their leadership and communication skills. Learn more about Scott here.

About Phronesis

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders offers a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Scott and his expert guests cover timely, relevant topics and incorporate practical tips designed to help you make a difference in how you lead and live.