Hesselbein on Leadership

Approximately 90 years ago, the Girl Scouts began with barely a handful of members; and, within 15 years, membership had increased to over 137,000. Today, there are over 3.7 million members. The Girls Scouts organization has thrived for almost a century; and in 1976 they came under the leadership of Frances Hesselbein, author of Hesselbein on Leadership. Hesselbein propelled to the Chief Executive Officer of the Girls Scouts from a “volunteer troop leader.” She is now chairperson of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, and provides insight into her leadership methods based on 25 years of successful experience.

Hesselbein’s essays illustrate some of the major obstacles a leader may face, including transition. They also offer advice on “speaking a common language” with those who are being led. 

While many may wonder how a leadership approach used by the Girl Scouts may apply to them, Hesselbein on Leadership demonstrates that, “You can begin where you are, whatever your job. You can bring a new insight, new leadership to your team, your group.”


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