Rituals #1 – On Leadership

After 40 years of doing this Hyde/education stuff, I’ve picked up some habitual rituals (or are they ritualistic habits?) that I just keep perpetuating for reasons that I can neither understand nor explain.  For example, each month when I turn the page on my At-A-Glance desk calendar, I write this sentence at the top:


If you can’t decipher my penmanship: “Leadership is the ability to transform vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis (1925-2014). Can’t say for sure why I do it, but each month it just seems like a good thing to do.

If you don’t know the work of Professor Bennis, he was a scholar, author, and business consultant who basically invented the whole idea of studying leadership. His courses at Southern Cal are the stuff of academic legend. (Fun Fact: He was also a Hyde alumni parent whose son, Will, graduated in 1987.) When I wrote the first College Success Guaranteed book, I asked him to read and critique the final draft. Not only was I deeply honored when he agreed, my subsequent 2010 meeting with him in his Santa Monica home will always stand as a highlight of my career as an educator.

Onward,  Malcolm Gauld