Author(s): Elizabeth D. Samet
Elizabeth D. Samet brings to this anthology her profound experiences as a teacher and her belief in the vital role of the humanities in cultivating leaders. Here, Samet explores the connection between literature and leadership. She looks at whether leaders are born or whether they are made, and the roles that creativity and imagination play in developing strategic thinkers in business, law, politics, medicine and beyond. Incisive section introductions focus on the skills and qualities that distinguish the unforgettable leaders who come to life in the selections. Readers of Leadership will enjoy its sheer variety: Machiavelli and Milosz, Douglass and Didion are a sampling of the 102 writers and works included. At the same time, they will enter a thought-provoking conversation that is both ancient and crucially current.
"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
Elizabeth D. Samet is author of No Man's Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America and Soldier's Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2007 by the New York Times. Her essays and reviews have been published in the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and the New Republic. She is a winner of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities and a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Samet 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 Task Force on Leader Development. She is a professor of English at West Point.