Introducing Dan Mulhern, Expert on Everyday Leadership

Here at, we are convening the world’s greatest hearts and minds to help all of us navigate our lives to what I refer to as The Open Field — a place out beyond right and wrong, beyond judgment, beyond expectations, beyond our fears and our comfort zones, and beyond the labels that limit us.

I was recently joined by my great friend Dan Mulhern for a fascinating conversation on leadership.

Dan is an expert on “everyday leadership” and he has agreed to be one of our “Guides” on better leadership — at home, at work and in our communities.

Being an everyday leader, being an Architect of Change, starts from within. So, I asked Dan: What are three things that anyone can implement today to put them on the path to leading?

He provided some great tips in the video below.

To summarize:

1. Choose to impact life. Leadership doesn’t just mean CEO or Governor. All of us can be leaders in whatever domain we occupy. Be active in your life and know that you can change what needs to be changed. It’s about making a decision: don’t let life happen to you; make sure you happen to life.

2. Set a vision. Always ask yourself, what is my picture of success and how will I know when I have it? Whether you are sitting down with your child or meeting with your staff, think about what success looks like before the meeting. Try to cultivate a long-term mindset all the time and don’t just react to what life throws at you.

3. Use your energy meter. All of us have one. It doesn’t measure volume or temperature, but it can measure the energy of the people you are trying to engage with. Always measure the energy of the people around you — and within yourself. Your job is to raise the level of energy ever so slightly. Pay attention: Are our co-workers not engaging with us? Are our children leaving the dinner table without talking to us? In most cases, you’ve got an energy problem.

I am thrilled to welcome Dan Mulhern to our community of Architects of Change. He promised to contribute his first leadership piece a week from today.

So, stay tuned — and in the meantime, visit Dan’s website and follow him on Twitter.

About the Author

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Maria Shriver is a mother of four, a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author, and an NBC News Special Anchor covering the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life. Since 2009, Shriver has produced a groundbreaking series of Shriver Reports that chronicle and explore seismic shifts in the American culture and society affecting women today. Shriver was California’s First Lady from 2003 to 2010 and, during that time, she spearheaded what became the nation's premier forum for women, The Women's Conference. Shriver's work is driven by her belief that all of us have the ability to be what she calls Architects of Change -- people who see a problem in their own life or the community around them, then step out of their comfort zone and do what it takes to create the solution. Like her page on Facebook or follow her on Instagram.

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