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The Leadership Muse Hardcover – December 9, 2011
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Of course, the great surprise was seeing DC Youth Orchestra Program in print and how it supported your life.
Thanks for writing your book.
In her book The Leadership Muse, Linda Cureton asserts that "an organization without inspiration is destined for expiration", and the hero-leaders that succeed today are touched by a tenth Muse for leadership. This gift from the Leadership Muse is transferred via the people you meet throughout your life, combined with inward-looking self-analysis and meditation that results in a useful understanding of your own inspiration and of what it takes, in turn, to be an inspiring leader. Cureton's witty personal storytelling stitches an entertaining memoir into her message and gives the reader an understanding of the people who have influenced her leadership skills over the years.
I was particularly enamored with the author's attention to what is sometimes viewed as a fine line between inspiration and madness; leaders and people regarded as heroes do things that others might think irrational or foolish. These bold actions are credited to the influence of the Muse. She also extracts messages from her Muse that appear in the form of animals and desert ecosystems. Cureton's Muse-based world view compliments messages from myriad authors on leadership, many of which she cites.
Today's world needs many more hero-leaders, and Linda Cureton's mental model of a laurel-wearing Muse is meant to facilitate and propagate a sense of purpose in passionate service to others. A little divine madness of this sort is a very valuable thing indeed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome read with lessons I've applied as a member of a CIO shop !!Published 20 months ago by Dark Knight
Very inspiring read--especially for those in the grind of federal contracting on either side. Linda is fabulously funny, and very deep a the same time. This book is amazing.Published on August 1, 2013 by Alexandra Z. Tsui
The Leadership Muse is a treasure for the leader of this century or millenium to push it further. Why? Read morePublished on April 17, 2012 by Lina K
For me, Leadership Muse is a book about a journey through life and the characters, heros, leaders, muses, and mentors we encounter along the way and the life lessons we learn... Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by Walter and Louise Luffsey