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Kathleen Schafer
Kathleen Schafer
Leadership expert Kathleen Schafer works with people throughout the world to understand their unique leadership skills and how to work with others in the process of change. Her goal is to provide guidance for those engaged in transformative change in their lives, their organizations and communities
Jan. 16, 2014 3:23 pm
The firestorm over New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s staff closing the world busiest bridge as political playback has ignited discussion over his political future. Surviving scandal has become a pastime for many in public office and until the public uses these events to begin discerning what they say about an individual’s core values, we will continue to see rampant misbehavior among our...  Read More
Jan. 10, 2014 12:28 pm
People often ask me if anyone can be a leader. My response is an enthusiastic, “yes!” My belief in everyone’s ability to lead stems from the core idea that leadership is the stance one takes in life, not the positions or titles one occupies. Leadership is love in action be it in the home, the office or the community. And, it is way of life that does not change from one setting to the next. ...  Read More
Dec. 31, 2013 11:52 am
As the roar of the Holiday season quiets down, people look to the New Year as a time start fresh and to reorient habits and behaviors that may not be serving them well. What often gets lost in creating the new is the value of reflecting on the past, so that beginnings are created on the foundation of lessons learned, rather than on the hopes that our fears will no longer dictate our behavior. For...  Read More
Dec. 17, 2013 2:03 pm
During the Holidays people are implored to focus on the joys of giving rather than receiving. While I wholeheartedly agree that giving is one of the best ways to share our gifts and experience joy, I often find with my coaching clients that one of the greatest challenges they face is in allowing what they want to come to them. Often we are so busy chasing what we believe will make us happy that...  Read More
Dec. 6, 2013 12:28 pm
The worldwide outpouring of gratitude for the life of Nelson Mandela upon his death is testament not only to his role in leading South Africa out of Apartheid, it speaks to way he lead his life and the legacy he leaves the world. For all of his leadership accomplishments the one that resonates the most with me is his ability to transform “what it” into something better. Each of us has issues,...  Read More
Dec. 3, 2013 8:47 pm
December is an interesting month for people, the deluge of the Holiday’s, the wrapping up of another year, the anticipation of the next and the lingering question of what all of it means. Will I spend another year at this job? What changes are on the horizon? Will it be the same office party next year? Will it ever get any better than this? December finds us looking out at our world to access...  Read More
Nov. 27, 2013 2:25 pm
We tend to think of the Holiday’s as a time away from work, commitments and responsibilities—and for many that means leadership. That belief comes from the perception that our conduct at work is somehow disconnected from our personal lives. Leadership is love in action, and that love and action are a part of our lives in every moment. No greater opportunity exists to practice leadership than with...  Read More
Nov. 5, 2013 2:05 pm
My first semester in college, I talked my way into a political economics class restricted to upperclassman. Never one to shy away from a challenge, I wanted to take the course because I was passionate about understanding the intersection between government and the free market and how it shapes our society. Not surprisingly, it was the best class I’ve taken and its lessons continue to influence my...  Read More
Oct. 17, 2013 10:28 pm
One of life’s most disconcerting lessons to learn is that our experience in the world isn’t about reality and truths it is about the stories we tell ourselves are real and true. What we believe is happening in our lives is really nothing more than a story that we are making up about what is taking place. The sun is shining therefore it is going to be a great day to spend time in the warmth...  Read More
Jul. 2, 2013 11:34 am
Having made two trips to Egypt since the Arab Spring to work with current and emerging political leaders, I closely follow its ever-changing political situation. In the past week, the protests that allowed the country to exercise its voice for democracy has turned into ugly battles between the right and left, between those feeling unempowered and those seeking to maintain their newly acquired...  Read More
Jun. 23, 2013 11:58 pm
Politico’s story on Bill Clinton’s recent 70-percent approval rating , the highest ever recorded for him, attributes his popularity to his ever increasing focus on global issues eschewing political firestorms. While the former President has clearly evolved into a man focused on creating solutions to “neutral problems,” is this an evolution of character or the making of a true leader? Furthermore,...  Read More
Dec. 13, 2012 6:45 pm
Moments ago the Breaking News appeared in my inbox: Susan Rice has withdrawn her candidacy to be President Obama’s next Secretary of State. It goes without saying that the position is not only the pinnacle of a diplomat’s career, it is the opportunity to bring about great change on a global scale. I have never met Susan Rice and I am sure that her future remains bright. While that may be true,...  Read More
Dec. 4, 2012 8:29 pm
The current brouhaha over the impending Fiscal Cliff is yet another example of a national culture that waits for crisis before taking action. The irony in this current example is that our political leaders actually created the cliff to force themselves to address this complex economic issue. In other words, because they couldn’t work together to craft a solution to our growing budget demands...  Read More
Nov. 13, 2012 3:16 pm
A week after the 2012 election that dominated media attention for the past several months, life seems to have returned to normal. Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are ensnared in the Fiscal Cliff morass, losing candidates are looking around for someone to blame and once again Washington is mired in a sex scandal. Perhaps we should be comforted by the fact that the more things change, the...  Read More
Nov. 9, 2012 10:58 am
Two decades ago a record number of women were elected to our nation’s highest legislative offices. In 1992, California became the first state to send two women Senators to Washington; they were joined by two other newcomers to triple the number of women serving in the Senate to a whopping six! Those yearning for a shift in our legislative bodies to reflect our population were buoyed by these...  Read More
Nov. 8, 2012 6:13 am
The confetti has fallen, the balloons have been released and the adoring crowds are gone. The moment that every candidate hopes to face is here—victory. Yet, this the point at which successful candidates must pivot from election year warrior to genteel statesman or woman. The challenge for so many elected officials is that they rarely experience this transformation and our nation is left with...  Read More
Oct. 17, 2012 2:41 pm
In looking at the forest of the second Presidential debate, and not the trees, I saw that: 1. Americans don’t want government interfering in their lives and yet they want to know how the next President is going to help them go to college, lower gas prices and find a job. 2. It is now acceptable to say anything to “get elected” and the public is not going to hold officials accountable as long as...  Read More
Oct. 9, 2012 6:51 am
During the 1990’s the professional political consultant emerged as a definitive player in American politics. As a young woman in this burgeoning field, this was the time I first encountered the men who are now the top advisers to our nation’s leaders. We sat around tables in shabby campaign headquarters and airport restaurants discussing the path to victory for our candidates. Even then the seeds...  Read More
Sep. 26, 2012 10:13 pm
I found a story on American Public Media’s Marketplace fascinating. The interview discussed a recent paper by researchers at Stanford and Harvard that reveal that employers are more interested in what you may accomplish that what you already have. Essentially, people want to believe in the promise of what someone has to offer more than they are convinced by the power of what they have already...  Read More
Sep. 24, 2012 11:35 am
Ultimately the efficacy of a leader depends on his motivation. The intention one brings to the work they are doing directly correlates to the quality of the outcome he is producing. We have reached unprecedented unhappiness with the quality of political leadership in our country because the intention of most candidates is not to serve; rather it is to sell themselves. This year’s Presidential...  Read More
Sep. 21, 2012 2:00 pm
It is no surprise that Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney once again has found himself in hot water over comments he made at a fundraiser. As discussed in previous articles ( ) Romney’s propensity to “misstate” his positions comes less from jumbled words and more from a value system that isn’t always in...  Read More
Sep. 18, 2012 9:48 am
“Violence Leads Nowhere” This is the phrase that stands out in the latest Facebook post sent to me by an Egyptian woman whom I came to know when I was in Cairo earlier this year. I was there speaking on leadership to members of the various political parties at The American University in Cairo. In the room sat the entire political spectrum of Egypt’s budding democracy, and while they did not...  Read More
Sep. 4, 2012 10:50 am
Why Words Matter Words are like eggs dropped from great heights; you can no more call them back than ignore the mess they leave when they fall. ― Jodi Picoult , Salem Falls If each of us, most particularly our political leaders, were to treat words as eggs, perhaps we wouldn’t feel as if we are enduring a perpetual storm of slime. This phenomenon is even more pervasive during election...  Read More
Aug. 13, 2012 2:52 pm
Determining the outcome of an election is no more difficult than accessing which candidate is most comfortable in his or her own skin. Even with this knowledge, it is a spectacle each election as we witness the mind-blowing lengths candidates go through to make us believe they are something they are not. Bad advisers and a confused self-image are only part of the problem. Ultimately, we are a...  Read More
May 15, 2012 2:05 pm
Capitulate: to surrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms; to give up resistance. When it comes to surrender, just the thought of it is chilling to a political leader on the campaign trail. Campaigns are the closest thing to war most operatives and candidates will ever experience, and for the majority they approach it with the same gusto as if their lives were on-the-line—which is...  Read More
May 9, 2012 9:58 am
If someone wants an issue to be front and center in American politics—do something to make Moms mad. The Obama Administration’s latest front in the battle against obesity, is the regulation of snacks and food that are not the requisite breakfast and lunch. First up on the firing line is the beloved bake sale. In an era of dwindling resources for public schools, bake sales are often the...  Read More
May 2, 2012 3:32 pm
Would you recognize your authentic self if you saw him or her? How would you know it is the real you? What is an “authentic self” and why in the world does it matter to your ability to lead? One of the greatest weaknesses, and almost without question at the root of all inglorious downfalls of well-known leaders, is the discomfort they have with who they truly are. Each person is born with a...  Read More
Apr. 18, 2012 2:54 pm
It is no secret the women's vote is often the determining factor in many elections, including major national races. It is therefore no surprise, as we enter the throws of the 2012 presidential election, that once again the battle is on to woo women, replete with the usual trash-talking and barbed attacks that characterize our electoral process. The latest dust up occurred as democratic operative...  Read More
Apr. 10, 2012 3:31 pm
As a lifelong student of leadership, I enjoy looking at the events that capture national attention and examining what they say about who we are as a society and how we are leading in our lives. It seems nothing is as riveting as the Affordable Care Act’s three-days at the Supreme Court. The debate over healthcare or as some have dubbed it “Obamacare” has galvanized the nation along its well-know...  Read More
Apr. 5, 2012 12:55 pm
Fresh off of his Super Tuesday “victories,” Mitt Romney was so desperately pleading his case that he was the inevitable winner of the Republican Presidential Primary, yet the results in Mississippi and Alabama reveal that the electorate is not ready to bestow that title upon him. While his wealth and political machinery may provide him the razor sharp edge he needs to pull it off, one thing has...  Read More
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