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Leadership: Essential Writings by Our Greatest Thinkers (Norton Anthology) Hardcover – August 10, 2015
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“In the overstocked shelves of volumes devoted to leadership development, Leadership stands out. This thought-provoking anthology, designed by a practitioner of the art of developing young men and women into capable leaders, isn’t about how to lead but how to think.”
- General Gordon R. Sullivan (Ret.), U.S. Army, president and CEO, Association of the United States Army
“A broad and deep perspective for innovators in any field.”
- Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
“Leadership is an extraordinary anthology: imaginative, provocative, and deeply engaging.”
- Joe Badaracco, Harvard Business School
“To be truly visionary in the twenty-first century, leaders need to learn from those who have paved their path. This wonderful anthology is an excellent way to garner sage advice and provoke conversations.”
- Kathryn Kolbert, director, Athena Center for Leadership Studies, Barnard College
“Elizabeth Samet links the ‘Big Ideas’ of the world’s great thinkers to essentials of leadership in a variety of contexts. Great leaders inspire others to action, and Professor Samet has provided inspirational intellectual leadership through this excellent anthology.”
- George B. Forsythe, president, Westminster College
About the Author
Elizabeth D. Samet received her BA from Harvard and her PhD in English literature from Yale. She is the author of No Man's Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America (Macmillan); and Soldier's Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point (FSG & Picador), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest and was named one of The New York Time's 100 Notable Books of 2007; and Willing Obedience: Citizens, Soldiers, and the Progress of Consent in America, 1776–1898 (Stanford UP). Her essays and reviews have been published in various venues, including The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Republic. Samet is a professor of English at West Point. She speaks often to both civilian and military audiences on the role of literature in shaping future military officers, and she was a member of the Army Chief of Staff's 2011–2012 Task Force on Leader Development. She has appeared on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NPR, and the BBC World Service.
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This is not a book for people who want to be told what to do. This is a book for people who want to understand a historical, literary perspective on leadership and arrive at their own conclusions.