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Hesselbein on leadership
Hesselbein, Frances.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, [2002]

Physical Description:
xx, 152 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Electronic Access:
Table of contents
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HD57.7 .H47 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The woman BusinessWeek called the "grande dame of American management" shares her vision of leadership

Frances Hesselbein rose from a volunteer troop leader to become CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA. During her tenure Hesselbein transformed the Girl Scouts and created one of the most vibrant and recognized organizations in the world. In the course of her brilliant career, she was recognized by Fortune magazine as the "Best Nonprofit Manager in America" and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Now, for the first time, Frances Hesselbein has collected her most incisive and stirring writings on the topic of leadership in one compelling book. The book affirms Hesselbein's specific leadership principles that will give readers the inspiration to go forth and become exemplary leaders. It is also filled with the practical knowledge readers need so they can make a difference every day. These gems of leadership wisdom include Hesselbein's thoughts on innovation, change, diversity, and what it means to be a woman leader. At the heart of the book is Hesselbein's belief that leadership is about character-a question of how to be, not how to do it. Hailed by Warren Bennis, Peter Senge, Jim Collins, Peter Drucker, and others as one of the most innovative and inspired leaders today, Frances Hesselbein gives readers a star to steer by. Hesselbein on Leadership will engage, energize, and motivate readers to do their best and be their best.

Frances Hesselbein (New York, NY) is the Chairman of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management and Editor in Chief of Leader to Leader, the premier leadership journal. She is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the coeditor of numerous books on leadership including The Leader of the Future (Jossey-Bass: 0-7879-5204-4) and The Organization of the Future, The Community of the Future (Jossey-Bass: 0-7879-5203-6).

Author Notes

Frances Hesselbein is chairman of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management and served as its founding president and chief executive officer from 1990 to 2000. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, in 1998. She is editor in chief of Leader to Leader, and coeditor of numerous books on leadership

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Frances Hesselbein was once a volunteer troop leader, made her way up to CEO of the Girl Scouts of America and is now the chairman of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management. She obviously knows the intricacies of leadership, and in Hesselbein on Leadership, she shares specific leadership principles and her thoughts on innovation, change, diversity and being a female leader. The slim volume dishes out valuable tidbits of advice, such as "regularly acknowledge the contributions of those within and outside the organization" and "create organizations in which people know that it's their job... to care about the results." (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

ForewordJim Collins
Note to the Reader
Part I Leadership-A Matter of How to Be, Not How to Do It
1 The ""How to Be"" Leader
2 A Reason to Believe
3 Carry a Big Basket
4 Focus on the Task
5 The Power of Civility
6 Barriers to Leadership
7 The Challenge of Leadership Transition
Part II Leading the Organization of the Future
8 Managing in a World That Is Round
9 A Traveler Along the Road
10 Journey to Transformation
11 Putting One's House in Order
12 The One Big Question
13 When