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  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Synergy Press, LLC (December 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980220955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980220957
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,628,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With over 30 years of experience in Information Technology, the author has received various prestigious awards including the 50 Women of Influence and Power Award from the Minority Enterprise Executive Council, the Womensphere Global Leadership Award for Innovation, Women in Technology Leadership Award Finalist for Excellence in Leadership, Mentoring and Technology, and the ITSMF Summit Heritage Award. Mrs. Cureton has also received recognition from the Washington Business Journal as one of the Women Who Mean Business, Washingtonian Magazine as a Tech Titan 2011, and Federal Computer Week as a Fed 100. She currently serves as the Chief Information Officer of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and has written several articles, op-ed and blog pieces, and is a much sought-after speaker.

Mrs. Cureton is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, where she obtained her Master's degree and Post-Master's certificate in Applied Mathematics. She lives outside of Washington, DC in Bowie, Maryland with her mother, her husband of 20 years, and his grandson.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katrina on March 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In her book The Leadership Muse, Linda Cureton manages to educate and entertain at the same time. Linda's book is filled with
the valuable information that you need to become a 21st-century leader. She also teaches you how to cherish and learn from the
everyday occurrences in your life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M Newland on March 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Being no stranger to the "Leadership" genre, my expectations for The Leadership Muse were somewhat set before I opened the cover. The general rules for these types of books are simple: make the reader feel empowered and inspired, make leadership seem simple, and outline steps to make taking over the world seem like a breeze. However, as I started reading Linda Cureton's book, I realized she approached the topic from a rather unique perspective.

She personalized the subject of leadership, often beginning chapters with anecdotes of her experiences and the subtle messages she derived from her life's path. Instead of trying to make it seem "easy", she admitted that it is, in fact, a challenging endeavor that requires motivation, dedication and unparalleled determination.

Woven throughout the text are quotes, metaphors, and mythological references that effectively inspire a reader to look for lessons in leadership all around them- in nature, in faith, in strangers and in the trials and tribulations they encounter. She portrays leadership not as a clear-cut science, but rather as the experience of summoning the wisdom to learn from every moment of your life, and carrying those lessons with you on your journey to becoming a leader.

My favorite part of the book, however, is the inclusion of the "Invoke Your Muse" journaling activities. They are insightful, thought-provoking prompts that encourage a reader to slow down and truly reflect--an exercise that many ambitious leaders (myself included) often don't take the time to do, because they are too busy pressing forward. Linda reminds us that becoming a leader does not result from unrelenting activity and reckless forward motion, but rather from self-reflection and focused contemplation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marciano Mariano on January 10, 2012
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"As we work our way up the technical management ladder we need more and more leadership to succeed. Linda demonstrates for us how accessible the understanding and the learning of leadership traits really are. They are in fact, encoded in our common myths, as we have found all of our highest and most innate virtues to be. It's an easy read as Linda removes the too often arcane and oft times over studied subject by clearly pointing out the lessons we have already been taught through her own personal exhibit and witness. And if you are already a good or a seasoned leader, Linda refreshes our rationale for being such with original, but meaningful insights. This book is enjoyable to read!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glenn D. Robinson on March 4, 2012
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So many books on leadership are devoid of emotion and creativity that when one comes along, it makes one stop and take note. This is one of those. To bring arts, music, literature, nature and family to share how all these can help with leadership takes a great deal of creativity. Leaders have to be creative. Everyday we are asked to make deicsions that affect the lives of others. Those devoid of emotions make harmful deicisons and frequently they are bad ones. During my 15 years as an executive recruiter, I loved leaders devoid of creativity because I knew I could 'liberate' those employees and improve their quality of life with leaders whop cared.

Linda Cureton shows how to bring creativity to the leadership role. In each chapter, she shares insight how reaching out to muses for inspiration, one can become a better well rounded leader. She shares the credit with a great deal of others and does so more than most writers of the leadership books, she lists who and where they can be reached.

Broken into 4 sections, each can be read for inspiration, eaither in short chapters or the whole section. Insightful and full of wisdom. Well worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wendy on February 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Your book was my vacation read. I thoroughly enjoyed the mixture of spirituality with leadership knowledge in a fun, conversational tone.

Of course, the great surprise was seeing DC Youth Orchestra Program in print and how it supported your life.

Thanks for writing your book.
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