"One of the most important trips a man can make is that involved in
meeting the other fellow half-way." Bruce Van Horn
As the recipient of twenty-one honorary doctoral degrees, the author of three autobiographies and the co-editor of 30 books in 29 languages, Frances Hesselbein is considered one of the country's greatest leaders. She is President and CEO of The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute. She began sharing her leadership lessons while working with the Drucker Foundation. The organization started with donated office space, a tiny budget, and a big mission: to share with non-profit organizations the sort of first-rate thinking for which management guru Peter Drucker is known. It has been said the most compelling quality found in her is her ability to sense people's needs on an emotional level and meet those needs. She has the capacity to link people with matching needs and skills and modestly calls it "brokering."
Hesselbein started as a volunteer troop leader with the Girl Scouts and later rose to CEO of the troubled organization of 680,000 people. She turned around declining membership and dramatically increased participation by minorities. She replaced a brittle hierarchy with one of the most vibrant organizations in or out of business. She says: "We changed everything about the Girl Scouts. We challenged every policy, practice, and procedure, but never its values, never its promises, never its mission."
Hesselbein's definition of leadership is what sets her apart. "My definition of leadership was very hard to arrive at, very painful. Leadership is not a basket of tricks or skills. It is the quality...character and courage...the leader. It's a matter of ethics and moral compass, the willingness to remain highly vulnerable. You can't talk about developing every person to his or her highest potential and then treat those people in ways that diminish and limit and contain. The only way we achieve high performance is through the work of others."
Apply that philosophy and I will SEE YOU AT THE TOP!