In Search of Leadership: How Great Leaders Answer the Question "Why Lead?": How Great Leaders…

Hardcover | October 9, 2008

byPhil Harkins, Phil Swift

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What truly drives a leader?

The role of leadership is crucial to every occupation-whether you're in business, or government, whether you're a parent or a teacher, and whether you're at the early stages of your career, or are at a crossroads after decades of success.

Linkage CEO Phil Harkins and ARC Financial Corp cofounder Phil Swift have enjoyed decades of experience in leading and working with other leaders. Along the way they became aware that many leaders find themselves in search of their personal purpose for leading.

This search led them on a new journey--traveling around the world to interview corporate executives, presidents and prime ministers, educators, an important spiritual leader, and other leaders in a wide array of fields, including

Mary Robinson, first female president of Ireland
Henri Landwirth, holocaust survivor, hotel mogul, philanthropist
Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union and 1990 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
Rafiah Salim, International Center for Leadership in Finance, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management, U.N.
Rajaa Khuzai,former Member of the Iraqi Governing Council
Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister of Pakistan
Erin Gruwell, Freedom Writers founder and education innovator

Harkins and Swift asked each of these leaders the fundamental question “Why Lead?” The answers were startling in their wide range and also the commonality of a recurring theme. Essentially, great leaders, at some point in time, all experience a transformational shift that motivates them to move to the next level by thinking and operating outside the box of personal power and material gain. In Search of Leadership reveals the essential qualities and life lessons of leaders who have made this shift. The authors found that all great leaders eventually realize the need to serve not only their organization but society and the world at large. By doing so, they give profound new meaning to what they do and why.

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What truly drives a leader?The role of leadership is crucial to every occupation-whether you're in business, or government, whether you're a parent or a teacher, and whether you're at the early stages of your career, or are at a crossroads after decades of success.Linkage CEO Phil Harkins and ARC Financial Corp cofounder Phil Swift hav...

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Embrace Your Role as a Leader“Essential reading for all serious students and practitioners of leadership.”-Warren Bennis, bestselling author of On Becoming a Leader“An amazing set of stories about leaders of every stripe imaginable.A page-turner—-I learned and was surprised again and again.”—Tom Peters, bestselling author of In Search ...

Phil Harkins is CEO of Linkage, Inc., the company that he founded in 1988. Phil has worked with leaders, leadership teams, and boards in more than 25 countries located in Asia, North America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Along with leadership expert and Linkage board member Warren Bennis, Phil is co-chair of The Global ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.3 × 5.4 × 1.09 inPublished:October 9, 2008Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:007160295X

ISBN - 13:9780071602952

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