Book Shelf: Leading From Within

Leading from Within: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead
Sam M. Intrator (Author), Megan Scribner (Author)
Published by Jossey-Bass (September 21, 2007)

My review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
One of the most inspiring and centering books I have ever encountered. The perspectives and insights of so many world changers are helpful, but their vulnerability concerning the cost and meaning of leadership is remarkable. This is an anthology to savor and to return to again and again.

From the publisher:
Leading from Within is a wonderful collection of ninety-three poems from well-loved poets, each of which is accompanied by a brief personal commentary from a leader explaining the significance and meaning of the poem in his or her life and work. The contributors represent a wide range of professions including Vanguard Group founder John Bogle, MoveOn.org cofounder Joan Blades, several members of Congress, Christian activist Brian McLaren, business guru Peter Senge, and many other leaders from business, medicine, education, nonprofits, law, politics and government, and religion. In their reflections, these leaders explore how they have been inspired by poets such as T.S. Eliot, Mary Oliver, William Stafford, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, Robert Frost, Rumi, May Sarton, Wallace Stevens, Wendell Berry, and Rainer Maria Rilke.

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