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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 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 Blades, several members of Congress, Christian activist Brian McLaren, business guru Peter Senge, and many other leaders from business, medicine, education, nonprofits, law, politics and government, and religion. In their reflections, these leaders explore how they have been inspired by poets such as T.S. Eliot, Mary Oliver, William Stafford, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, Robert Frost, Rumi, May Sarton, Wallace Stevens, Wendell Berry, and Rainer Maria Rilke. Leading from Within is perhaps the most soulful treatment of leadership ever composed. Leadership is first an inner quest, and there is absolutely no better place to explore your inner territory than in the pages of this book. This is an evocative work of art; do yourself an immense favor, and engage with these amazing and diverse leaders and their poems. --Jim Kouzes, coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge and A Leader's Legacy Leading from Within makes brilliant use of the world's great poets to inspire us to lead with our hearts as well as our heads. It calls to the deeper purpose and meaning within all of us to use our gifts to serve others. --Bill George, author, True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership This is a superb collection of poems and deeply personal reflections from a wide range of real leaders. It is a gift to all of us who believe in bringing our hearts to our work. --Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) The entries in this wonderful anthology are a joy to read and all the more interesting because of their special meaning to the leaders who recommended them. It is a book that every nonprofit leader should place among those they draw upon for inspiration every day. --Diana Aviv, president and CEO, Independent Sector Leading from Within offers a candid view straight into the heart and soul of leaders striving to do good and effective work in the world. The poems and commentaries remind us that leadership is always deeply personal and chock-full of dilemmas that must be addressed by creativity, passion, imagination, and courage. --Jeff Swartz, president and CEO, Timberland


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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 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 Blades, several members of Congress, Christian activist Brian McLaren, business guru Peter Senge, and many other leaders from business, medicine, education, nonprofits, law, politics and government, and religion. In their reflections, these leaders explore how they have been inspired by poets such as T.S. Eliot, Mary Oliver, William Stafford, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, Robert Frost, Rumi, May Sarton, Wallace Stevens, Wendell Berry, and Rainer Maria Rilke. Leading from Within is perhaps the most soulful treatment of leadership ever composed. Leadership is first an inner quest, and there is absolutely no better place to explore your inner territory than in the pages of this book. This is an evocative work of art; do yourself an immense favor, and engage with these amazing and diverse leaders and their poems. --Jim Kouzes, coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge and A Leader's Legacy Leading from Within makes brilliant use of the world's great poets to inspire us to lead with our hearts as well as our heads. It calls to the deeper purpose and meaning within all of us to use our gifts to serve others. --Bill George, author, True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership This is a superb collection of poems and deeply personal reflections from a wide range of real leaders. It is a gift to all of us who believe in bringing our hearts to our work. --Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) The entries in this wonderful anthology are a joy to read and all the more interesting because of their special meaning to the leaders who recommended them. It is a book that every nonprofit leader should place among those they draw upon for inspiration every day. --Diana Aviv, president and CEO, Independent Sector Leading from Within offers a candid view straight into the heart and soul of leaders striving to do good and effective work in the world. The poems and commentaries remind us that leadership is always deeply personal and chock-full of dilemmas that must be addressed by creativity, passion, imagination, and courage. --Jeff Swartz, president and CEO, Timberland

30 review for Leading from Within: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead

  1. 4 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    Leaders around the world choose poems which inspires them as leaders and comment upon the poems' influences on their lives. The poems in this volume include such widely known poems as "The Road Not Taken," "Hope is the thing with feathers," and "Ulysses," but also include less-quoted poems such as poems by Daisy Zamora, Mark Nepo, and Yehuda Amichai. There is much to find to inspire you in this book. Leaders around the world choose poems which inspires them as leaders and comment upon the poems' influences on their lives. The poems in this volume include such widely known poems as "The Road Not Taken," "Hope is the thing with feathers," and "Ulysses," but also include less-quoted poems such as poems by Daisy Zamora, Mark Nepo, and Yehuda Amichai. There is much to find to inspire you in this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Great collection of poems that will heal your soul at times when you need it most.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    An excellent poetry collection. Each poem is introduced by a leader in one of a variety of fields who writes about why a particular poem inspires them as a leader. I loved and was inspired by the humility of many of the contributors.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robert Mosley

    Good at the heart I thought the excerpts and prose were well choose for the modern reader. It had clarity but the vision lacked depth

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lori B.

    Considering I’m not a big poetry person, there were several stories and poems alike that truly spoke to me. Maybe I should take the time to read more. This was a good exercise to undergo for me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sabra Bowers

    One of my favorite books!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shonna Froebel

    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 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 it. The leaders show an aspect of themselves that one doesn't always see and encourage the use of poetry, both publicly and privately, to give strength and purpose to all of us. I found not only the poetry interesting but also the stories behind the choices.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    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 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 poets makes for an illuminating read: Mary Oliver, William Stafford, Wendell Berry, Tennyson, Shakespeare, Rumi, Charles Simic, Langston Hughes, and more. 3.65 Martinie glasses

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mark Thomas

    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 accessible and relatable to my day to day life. Try it...you may find the same for your 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 accessible and relatable to my day to day life. Try it...you may find the same for yourself.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    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. :/

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I really liked this. Insights from many leaders, learned in the course of their lives and careers, supported and inspired by poetry. Wow.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Anthology of poems and personal testaments to their power.

  13. 4 out of 5

    James Hudson

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jay LeVine

  15. 5 out of 5

    John

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  20. 4 out of 5

    Noah Wass

  21. 4 out of 5

    Max

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katy

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vlee

  24. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Gauvin

  25. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

  26. 4 out of 5

    Arlett Franco

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patty Rose

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Keaton

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lara

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