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Making A Difference : Stories of Vision and Courage from America's Leaders
by Chesley Sullenberger and Douglas Century


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One of the most captivating heroes of the last decade and the author of the New York Times bestseller Highest Duty explores the nature of leadership with some of America's best and brightest

At a time of political polarization and economic turmoil, we yearn for superior leadership.  Read more...


 
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Overview

One of the most captivating heroes of the last decade and the author of the New York Times bestseller Highest Duty explores the nature of leadership with some of America's best and brightest

At a time of political polarization and economic turmoil, we yearn for superior leadership. Few have demonstrated this trait better than Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, a man who embodies the core values that are at the heart of America: responsibility, optimism, integrity, loyalty, and compassion. In this follow-up to his bestselling memoir, Sullenberger engages nearly a dozen distinguished Americans to explore the nature of leadership, what it means, what it takes, and how it can be fostered and developed in all of our lives.

They are asked the important questions: Where do the best leaders come from? And how do the most successful and creative truly lead, motivate, and inspire? Sullenberger talks to men and women from diverse fields, including space exploration, business, government, education, sports, finance, medicine, and the military, all of whom embody, in the truest sense, moral courage and leadership by personal example. Among those included are: Tony La Russa, the legendary baseball manager; Gene Kranz, the NASA flight director during the historic Gemini and Apollo programs; Michelle Rhee, founder of the New Teacher Project; former governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm; Jim Sinegal, co-founder and CEO of Costco; Lieutenant Colonel Tammy Duckworth, former assistant secretary with the Department of Veterans Affairs; Bill Bratton, former NYPD commissioner and LAPD chief; and former Labor secretary Robert Reich.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061924705
  • ISBN-10: 0061924709
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co
  • Publish Date: May 2012
  • Page Count: 318


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-06-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger became a national hero after successfully landing a disabled airplane on the Hudson River—and then became a bestselling author with his autobiography, Highest Duty. Having been lionized as a true leader during his Hudson ordeal, Sullenberger uses his new book to explore the nature of leadership itself. He describes his post-fame meetings with "a number of distinguished Americans" from a diverse range of professions who "embody the credo of ‘leadership by personal example' " with the goal of creating "a contemporary version of John F. Kennedy's ‘Profiles in Courage' "—and for the most part, Sullenberger succeeds. The highlights of the book include his encounters with Thad Allen, U.S. Coast Guard chief of staff, who describes a range of "crucible events" that forged his leadership values, including his work on the Hurricane Katrina disaster and the Gulf oil debacle; Tammy Duckworth, lieutenant colonel in the Illinois National Guard, whose "incredible dedication to serving others" led to her losing her legs while serving in Iraq ("I could've lost both arms along with both legs and I would have been okay, knowing that I did my job"); and Robert Reich, professor and former U.S. secretary of labor, in an excellent chapter on the "three dangerous seductions" of martyr, messiah, and truth teller that potential leaders must avoid. (July)

 
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