Tom Fox of the Washington Post recently asked six great questions about leadership and being a leader when you’re not a leader or you don’t think you are with Henry Evans, author of “Step Up: Lead in Six Moments that Matter.”

Tom Fox is a guest writer for On Leadership, a feature actually designed for the many federal workers in the District of Columbia, in that paper, and vice president for leadership and innovation at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. Fox also leads that group’s Center for Government Leadership.

The advice is good, regardless of the field or the sector in which you’re working.

Here are two very good excerpts that I found both reassuring and inspiring:

Q. You talk in your book about the moments that matter. What is a leadership moment?

A.  A leadership moment is an opportunity to do the right thing even if it isn’t easy. These are moments when there is a leadership void. You can step up and lead in those moments once you know how to recognize them, even when you don’t have the formal title or authority to do so.


Good leadership is the ability to make decisions when outcomes are uncertain, and motivate a team to act around those decisions. It takes a combination of head and heart. It’s using your intuition and the available data to make calls.”

The full post is at