Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Leader to Leader Institute

This is the first of a multi-part series where I’m going to introduce readers to some outstanding free leadership development resources.

Disclosure: They all are individuals or organizations that I’ve developed positive relationships with over the years. These are NOT paid sponsorships. They are just "thank-you cards" - my way of expressing my respect and appreciation.

The Leader to Leader Institute was established in 1990 as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management. Frances Hesselbein is the President and CEO and its Founding President. Frances was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor, in 1998. The award recognized her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976-1990, her role as the Founding President of the Drucker Foundation, and her service as “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity.”

Peter Drucker once referred to her as “the greatest leader in the country”. That's right, not "a great leader" - THE greatest leader.

I recently had a chance to speak to Frances, and she is still as passionate as ever about the importance of leadership in the world today. She strives to make a difference every day. I’m grateful for her generosity, advice, and inspiration.

The LTL website is loaded with leadership development resources, most of them free. Here are some highlights:

1. Leadership Dialogs is one of their newest features. Launched this past March, it’s a free online toolbox of toolbox featuring a growing library of video interviews with inspiring leaders including Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally, Tony Hsieh, founder and CEO of Zappos.com, the Dalai Lama, Jim Collins, and Richard Branson. If you’re an emerging leader that’s trying to make a difference, you can even submit your own video. I've just started working my way through these, and they are awesome.

2. There’s a free monthly e-newsletter….

3. and a free Leadership tip of the day.

4. You can subscribe to the quarterly Leader to Leader Journal and/or access free past articles here.

5. Apply for an AMA scholarship, to be eligible for a free AMA professional development program, 1 year AMA membership, and 1 year Leader to Leader Journal subscription.

6. Access to awesome books and videos. A couple “musts” for all students of great leadership:
- Hesselbein on Leadership
- Be * Know * Do: Leadership the Army Way, Adapted from the Official Army Leadership Manual

7. Subscribe to the Leader to Leader blog.

8. Become a member, get involved, or make a donation to help strengthen the leadership of our social sector. It’s all too easy to sit back and complain about the lack of leadership in all aspects of society – LTL provides an opportunity to get involved and do something about it.

I encourage you to take advantage of these outstanding resources and become a regular visitor to the Leader to Leader Institute.


davidburkus said...

Great resource. I've been a big fan of their journal for awhile now.

Dan McCarthy said...

David -
Good for you! Thanks.

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