There is one phenomenon occurring repeatedly in contemporary culture. We'll call it self-destructive leaders. People who hold weighty positions of authority, who got there because they were brilliant or experienced -- but later destroy themselves. In fact, we've all uttered the question at some point: How could such a smart person do such a dumb thing? It's leaders like Bernie Madoff,

Every now and then, you just get inspired. Last Thursday, I spoke at a leadership conference at Auburn University. It was hosted by student leaders on campus for potential Auburn students coming from high schools all over the South. Four of us from our "Growing Leaders" office drove over from Atlanta to be part of this. We suspected this would be