My Life in Leadership: The Journey and Lessons Learned Along the Way
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In a clear and compelling voice, Frances Hesselbein delivers key leadership lessons. Tracing her own development as a leader, she narrates the critical moments that shaped her personally and professionally: from her childhood in Pennsylvania, to moving up from Girl Scout troop leader to Girl Scout CEO, to founding and leading the Leader to Leader Institute, to her friendships and experiences with some of the greatest leaders and thinkers of our time. Each chapter includes an inspirational story, a key lesson and how to apply it to daily life.


Frances Hesselbein is the president and CEO of the Leader to Leader Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management), and editor in chief of the award-winning quarterly journal Leader to Leader as well as coeditor of 27 books translated into 29 languages. Named the "Best Nonprofit Manager in America" by Fortune magazine, she serves on many nonprofit and corporate boards and has won numerous awards and honors including the highest civilian honor in the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The award recognized her exemplary leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA from 1976 to 1990, her role as the founding president of the Drucker Foundation, and her service as "a pioneer for women volunteerism, diversity, and opportunity."


Foreword (Jim Collins).

Introduction: Being Called Forward.


1 Stories of Family, Lessons of Love.

2 Embrace the Defining Moment.

3 Defining Yourself with the Power of No.


4 My Management Education.

5 New York Calls.

6 Challenging the Gospel.

7 Becoming a Change Agent.

8 Finding Out Who You Are.

9 My Journey with Peter Drucker.

10 The Indispensable Partnership—Governance and Management, Board and Staff.

11 Strengthening the Leadership of the Social Sector.

12 Adventures Around the World.


13 To Serve Is to Live.

14 Seeing and Listening.

15 Leaders of the Future.

16 Conclusion: Shine a Light.

About the Author.