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Leading from Within: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead

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Leading from Within is a wonderful collection of ninety-three poems from well-loved poets, each of which is accompanied by a brief personal commentary from a leader explaining the significance and meaning of the poem in his or her life and work. The contributors represent a wide range of professions including Vanguard Group founder John Bogle, MoveOn.org cofounder Joan Bla ...more
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Jossey-Bass
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Sarah
Nov 07, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Great collection of poems that will heal your soul at times when you need it most.
Shonna Froebel
Dec 23, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Poetry has always played a role in my life: inspiring, consoling, and offering broader understanding. This was something I got from both my parents, who also consider poetry a part of their lives. This book takes a variety of leaders: business, non-profit, education, and government and gives their voices to the poems that inspire them. Each of the 93 poems given here is introduced by a leader, who tells the reader the context in which the poem either first came to him/her, or in which they use i ...more
Bill
Dec 20, 2014 Bill added it
This is a poetry anthology that combined poetry with the insights of leaders in the fields of education, business, non-profits, politics and religion. Throughout the book the common theme is that poetry makes us better leaders by slowing us down, clearing our minds of cant and over-rationality, broadening empathy, and seeing the world through new perspectives. That ultimately what makes a leader great isn't the ability to command but to look inward and listen to our hearts. A wide variety of poe ...more
Mark Thomas
Feb 25, 2016 Mark Thomas rated it really liked it
Poetry that helps you lead?!

Sounded questionable but once I read the excellent introduction by Parker Palmer I was ready to dig in and what a great reading experience. Combining poems and personal comments from leaders about their experiences in leading and their experiences in poetry was a genius idea.

I look at poetry differently than I had before this book...and the way I see it now is deeper, richer...more accessible and relatable to my day to day life.

Try it...you may find the same for your
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Yvonne
Dec 17, 2014 Yvonne rated it it was ok
Recommended to Yvonne by: DDBass Advent Book 18 2014
A poem on the right-hand page, an essay written by a person to whom the poem is important on the left-hand page. I read a few, nothing moved me, I stopped reading. :/
Mary
Jan 23, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, leadership
I really liked this. Insights from many leaders, learned in the course of their lives and careers, supported and inspired by poetry. Wow.
Kim
Nov 25, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Anthology of poems and personal testaments to their power.
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