Mark Rittenberg "Leadership is Love"


The Power of Human Connections

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When in your life did you stop singing? When in your life did you stop dancing? When in your life did you stop telling stories? This Navajo wisdom, which became part of the multi-cultural pedagogy of the late anthropologist, Angeles Arrien, serves as a guideline for self-love and leads to a powerful practice of human connection. This practice is empathy. Bringing empathy into relationships results in new levels of understanding and appreciation of one another and results in heightened communication, partnership, and collaboration in both professional and personal life.

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For over twenty years, Dr. Mark Rittenberg has helped organizations create communities of excellence and empowered individuals to become true leaders with the ability to actualize a vision — all through the power of communication. His experience as an educator and consultant extends around the globe, across Dr. Rittenberg is professional faculty and a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he teaches leadership communication. He has also taught at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the University of San Francisco, Case Western Reserve University, and the Olin School of Business at Washington University. He is the founder of the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute. Dr. Rittenberg holds a Doctorate in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco, an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education from San Francisco State and a BA from UC Berkeley.This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at