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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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From School Library Journal
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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Donald E. Koten Ph.D. (Retired Professor)
Kevin Sheehan has brought us wonderful descriptions of an array of diverse individuals who can influence our future leaders. He has created a knowledgeable collection of inspirational figures - their personalities, attitudes and actions. This is a book every parent and school administrator should make available to their children and students in order that they find their role models. Any of the personalities can be reviewed and understood without the need to start at the beginning of the book.
John Martin-Joy M.D.
Harvard Medical School