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A Leader Becomes a Leader: Inspirational Stories of Leadership for a New Generation Hardcover – September 25, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: True Gifts Publishing; 1st edition (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979670101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979670107
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Grade 7 Up—This book teaches young people about the attributes of leadership through profiles of 39 successful and influential people. It opens with an introductory essay about Thoreau, whose work and philosophy influenced many of the individuals featured in the book. Unfortunately, it places Thoreau's time at Walden Pond in 1889, instead of the correct year of 1845. Most of the people are well known, such as Lincoln, Mother Teresa, Jackie Robinson, Einstein, and Tiger Woods, but some will be less familiar to young readers, such as musician Bob Marley, gay-rights activist Harvey Milk, and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer. Each profile includes a full-page photo, a time line, and a four- to six-paragraph essay that provides limited biographical information and a discussion of how the person's success was the result of a characteristic or attribute such as perseverance, forbearance, humility, or courage. The second section of the book offers photos of and quotes from another 25 leaders. All of the pictures are tinted green. There is a bibliography, but no index. Although this book might draw browsers, its message is sometimes overstated, and the profiles are very brief. Since so many collections hold either collective or individual biographies of many of these individuals, this title will add little to most libraries.—Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
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''Sensational! This masterful work has become our leadership bible. It will change the face of leadership education forever.'' ---- Luke O Neill, founder, The Shackleton School

''This book should be in every library!'' ---- Independent Book Publishers Association, Ben Franklin Awards

''Every word that is in this book speaks to the soul of leadership and the best humanity has to give.... If the angels had gotten together to write a book awakening people to the greatness that can manifest in people, A Leader Becomes A Leader would be it.'' ---- Madelyn Yucht, Principal Consultant, Linkage, Inc.

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Poignant, powerful stories.
David M. Robinson
It inspires me because the words make so exact and beautiful the human qualities that enabled these individuals to bring quantum changes.
Allan N. Weiss
I work a lot with middle and high school youth and find this book a perfect introduction to leadership for a new generation.
JFH

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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kristen W. Girrell on November 26, 2007
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I am, first of all, amazed at Kevin's understanding of what it takes to be a superlative leader. I have been an executive leadership coach of some of the finest leaders in the northeast US, and Kevin (a self described author/producer/entrepreneur) has nailed it extremely well. From the selection of representative leaders to the extensive list of their characteristics, I found it not only right on but at times more in depth than my understanding of my own craft! I am buying a bunch to give out as gifts for my colleagues or as completion tokens for clients. Impressive work, beautifully laid out.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Allan N. Weiss on November 19, 2007
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I can pick this book up at any time, for a minute or an hour and something special happens. It draws me in with its multi-layered organization and intimate photos that beam off the pages our leaders' compassion and benevolent power. It enchants me with stories about fulcrum points in our history because I can imagine these leaders pulling the levers that moved the world forward. It inspires me because the words make so exact and beautiful the human qualities that enabled these individuals to bring quantum changes. Often when I read it, I am inspired to try to accomplish in my microcosm a little of what the great did for the world.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JFH on November 5, 2007
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I work a lot with middle and high school youth and find this book a perfect introduction to leadership for a new generation. Each of the mini biographies are well written, clear and informative. The timelines graphically make history come alive. The photos really add punch to the book and the design is top notch. It is a wonderful gift for a young person and also would work well in the classroom. First rate!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Whitaker on April 2, 2008
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This beautiful and thoughtful book reminds us of the people who influence our world yesterday and today. Mr. Sheehan has captured the essence of these great but complex men and women. Anyone interested in leadership or in assessing others capacity to lead would be well advised to read this important book.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Koten on November 26, 2007
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J. Kevin Sheehan has done a superlative job of capturing the essence of the human activity of a diverse group of individuals across a wide spectrum of leadership situations and motivations. This book will provide inspiration to potential leaders of all ages, as each reflects on the various stages of ones life journey. What a great way to better understand leadership through the well-told stories and superb use of photographs. Whether for youth first experiencing real life situations, retired individuals, or everyone in between; it is an ideal gift for persons of all ages.

Donald E. Koten Ph.D. (Retired Professor)
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By elaine ortiz on April 3, 2008
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What I love most about "A Leader Becomes A Leader" is it's timeless simplicity. I can take this book (turn off the television) and spend quality time with a young child, parent, teacher, grandparent or peer and connect on a visual, thoughtful and emotional level. These inspiring stories remain simple, true and steadfast in their messages of perseverance (and are told with grace). A thoughtful journey through and towards what is really important in life. A great exploration on human potential. This must be shared!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Martin-Joy MD on November 2, 2007
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In this unique book, J. Kevin Sheehan explores the mystery of creative leadership. Ranging across an astonishing diversity of fields - business, art, music, politics, social reform, and science - Sheehan probes for the human stories and the dramatic moments that led to lasting innovation. From John Coltrane to Madame Curie, from Henry David Thoreau to Mother Theresa, the creators in this book come to life though a compelling mix of vivid quotation, lively typesetting, and riveting photos. A Leader Becomes a Leader is a thrilling read. It will be of enduring interest to anyone who cares to reflect on and relive some of the peak moments in human achievement.

John Martin-Joy M.D.
Harvard Medical School
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harold Popp on November 19, 2007
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Good advice from a best selling business management book suggests, "Try to find someone doing something right". Kevin Sheehan seems to have found the best of those folks and documents the lives of an amazingly diverse group of individuals who epitomize excellence. The 'usual supects', Winston Churchill, JFK and Albert Einstein coexist on these pages with Georgia O'keefe, Louis Armstrong and Tiger Woods. You can read it from the front, the back or the middle and you can take your time about it too. Then. leave it on the coffee table so your kids can read about people "doing something right".
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