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Leading from Within: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead
"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 B ...more
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Jossey-Bass
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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
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