Hesselbein on Leadership

Foreword by Jim Collins

Frances Hesselbein

Publisher: Jossey-Bass, 2002, 152 pages

ISBN: 0-7879-6392-5

Keywords: Leadership

Last modified: Dec. 21, 2007, 10:40 p.m.

France Hesselbein, once a volunteer troop leader, became CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, mobilizing around mission to lead the organization through a time of turbulent change and to reach, and be relevant to, all girls. She is chairman and founding president of the Drucker Foundation, a leader hailed by Fortune, BusinessWeek, and the New York Times; and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor. Now, for the first time, Frances Hesselbein has collected her most incisive and stirring writings on leadership in one compelling volume.

The clear, thought-provoking leadership experiences and principles Hesselbein shares in this book will release the energy of leaders everywhere as they become leaders of change, leaders of the future. Hesselbein on Leadership also provides the practical, down-to-earth knowledge that will enable readers to make a difference every day. This compendium of leadership wisdom includes Hesselbein's insights on innovation, change, diversity, and what it means to be a leader who is a woman. At the heart of the book is a matter of character — "leadership is a matter of how to be, not how to do it."

Hailed by Peter Drucker, Warren Bennis, Peter Senge, Jim Collins, and thousands of community leaders 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 inspire leaders to do their best and be their best.

  • 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
    1. Managing in a World That Is Round
    2. A Traveler Along the Road
    3. Journey to Transformation
    4. Putting One's House in Order
    5. The One Big Question
  • Part III: Leading in a New Century, a New World
    1. A World of Ideas
    2. Speaking a Common Language
    3. Seeing Your Contribution Life Size
    4. When They Look at Us, Can They Find Themselves?
    5. A Call to Leaders
    6. The Dream That Lies Before Us


Hesselbein on Leadership

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Bad ** (2 out of 10)

Last modified: Dec. 20, 2007, 12:55 a.m.

A totally meaningless book.

It is a collection of the authors essays, which can be compared to the current quality of blog-entries.

The only thing you learn through this book, is that Peter Drucker is a genius (handily repeated in every chapter, which looks like ass-licking, considering her employment) and that she is the best thing since the invention of royalty. Unfortunately, it is not even interestingly or amusingly written, so it is hard to get through the book, due to the extreme boredom level.

Read a newspaper instead, it gives you more hints on leadership than this.


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