Book Review

The Leader of the Future: New Visions, Strategies and Practices for the Next Era


Reviewed by James L. Redfield
Superintendent, Lester Prairie Schools, Lester Prairie, Minn.

 

Leaders get things done. The leaders of today and the leaders of the future must be doers and servants at the same time.

Thirty-six authors contributed short essays to The Leader of the Future: New Visions, Strategies and Practices for the Next Era. All of the book's proceeds will be directed toward helping voluntary social sector organizations make a positive difference in communities around the world.

This is a book about the future and the leadership required to move us into the exciting unknown. A fundamental premise is that leadership must be learned and can be learned.

The ideas are presented in a concise format that people can read a little at a time. The book expands upon a central goal of the Drucker Foundation Future Series, which intends to offer the best thinking in the world on the future of leadership, organization, change and innovation. This first book in the series is readable and provides useful insights for today's leaders in nonprofit and proprietary organizations.

(The Leader of the Future: New Visions, Strategies and Practices for the Next Era, edited by Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith and Richard Beckhard, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, Calif., 1996, 319 pp. with index. AASA member price $22.50 softcover. Available from AASA Distribution Center, P.O. Box 411, Annapolis Jct., Md. 20701-0411. Toll-free 888-782-2272 or 301-617-7802. Stock #724SA)