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Doug Paxton, Ph.D.

Doug Paxton, Ph.D.
Doug Paxton is a learner, educator, writer, and artist who is passionate about what humanity has to learn from reconnecting to our values and the natural world. Doug is Co-Director of the Leadership Center at Saint Mary’s College and faculty in the MA in Leadership program, currently focusing his teaching in the area of Values in Action, Leadership and Sustainable Organizational Change.

Vulnerability… And Leadership?

As we read the news and think about the many tough challenges confronting us in the 21st century, vulnerability could well seem to be at the bottom of the list of desired leadership traits. What exactly do we mean by vulnerability? It is commonly defined as “the quality or state …

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Horses, Leadership, and Inclusive Excellence

Several Fillies in black and white image

While we struggle and juggle to keep our organizations, communities and families afloat, these turbulent times call upon us to adapt, innovate and experiment with new approaches to our most enduring challenges.  This kind of creative response can be especially tough to explore when resources are constrained and organizations are …

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What’s love got to do with… leadership?

Years ago, I applied for a job with a business trade association called Business for Social Responsibility.  The organization was just getting started in San Francisco.  If hired, I would have been the third employee.  When I interviewed with the CEO, I had one of those moments that I’ll always …

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MBA versus MA in Leadership

Thirty years ago this month, I started graduate school.  At the time I was unsure about my future and was looking to make myself more employable.  I hoped I would find my calling in the process.  I enrolled in a program that Yale invented–a Master’s in Public and Private Management …

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Race and Leadership

This post was co-authored by Marguerite Welch and Doug Paxton. “History, despite its wrenching pain 
cannot be unlived, but if faced 
with courage, need not be lived again.” Maya Angelou Our task is daunting.  As we seek to address centuries of racism and violence to create more inclusive, safe and …

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Building “Perfect” Teams with Collaborative Leadership

The New York Times recently published an article by Charles Duhigg (2016) entitled, What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team.  What is important about the article is not the conclusions that were reached, which I believe will make sense to you as someone who has already …

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Values Matter

In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama spoke about how values are “the pillar of our leadership.”   At Saint Mary’s College, we concur, and believe attention to our highest values plays a unique and crucial role in developing our leadership potential. In a world with ever-shifting borders …

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