Letters from Leaders: Personal Advice for Tomorrow's Leaders from the World's Most Influential


Possibly no one on Earth personally knows as many people at the helms of nations, businesses, religions, charitable organizations, and institutes of learning as Henry O. Dormann—founder, chairman, and editor-in-chief of LEADERS magazine, whose circulation is limited to such leading figures. Here, he brings together the first-ever exclusive collection of wisdom and inspiration addressed to young people from the world’s most influential people—advice on leadership, goal ...

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Possibly no one on Earth personally knows as many people at the helms of nations, businesses, religions, charitable organizations, and institutes of learning as Henry O. Dormann—founder, chairman, and editor-in-chief of LEADERS magazine, whose circulation is limited to such leading figures. Here, he brings together the first-ever exclusive collection of wisdom and inspiration addressed to young people from the world’s most influential people—advice on leadership, goal achievement, public service, and life journeys.

Letters from Leaders is a beautifully designed book comprising nearly eighty letters from those who have done so much to shape our world today—from Muhammad Ali to four U.S. Presidents, Mikhail Gorbachev, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand and King Abdullah II of Jordan, and the Dalai Lama; from Cathie Black to T. Boone Pickens, Muriel Siebert, and Donald Trump. The letters, some as facsimile reproductions of handwritten originals, are each introduced with a biographical note by Dormann.

As put so aptly by Dormann in his introduction, “All kings and queens, presidents, Nobel Laureates, chairmen and chairwomen, CEOs, and world leaders have one thing in common: They want what they have achieved to be useful and to be handed over to a younger generation. . . . The leaders in these pages have ‘lived’ and now offer their experiences as a treasure to ambitious and open minds—those who want to be something in life.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599215013
  • Publisher: Lyons Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/22/2009
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 422,668
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry O. Dormann is founder, chairman, and editor-in-chief of LEADERS magazine, and the editor of The Speaker’s Book of Quotations. Among his own numerous leadership roles, he was founder and the first executive director of the Library of Presidential Papers[p1]  (now the Center for the Study of the Presidency), and served as president of the United States Technical Developments Company, a division of U.S. Banknote Corporation. He divides his time between Bath, New York, and New York City.

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Table of Contents


The Road to Success


Leading Off With “The Greatest”

1) Muhammad Ali—former Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World: The

Greater the Obstacle, The More Glorious the Moment of Success

Letters and Numbers

2)      Sumner Redstone—Chairman, Viacom: The Three C’s

3)      John Teets—Former Chairman, Dial Corporation: P.M.A.

4)      Muriel “Mickie” Siebert—Founder, Chairwoman & Chief Executive Officer, Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc.: The First Woman of Finance’s Top     Ten

5)      Jean-Pierre Garnier—CEO, GlaxoSmithKline: Eight Keys to the Good Life

6)      Oswald Gruebel—Former CEO, Credit Suisse Group: 75% About the Future

7)      James D. Robinson, III—General Partner, RRE Ventures: Leadership, One through Ten

8)      Elias Zerhouni, M.D.—Director, National Institutes of Health: The 50/50 Rules

9)      Cathie Black—President, Hearst Magazines: Live a 360-degree Life

10)  Howard J. Rubenstein—President, Rubenstein Associates, Inc.: A Framework

11)  Joseph H. Flom—Senior Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom: No       Magic Formula

Presidential Advice

12)  Gerald R. Ford—38th President of the United States: Opponents, Not Enemies

13)  Jimmy Carter—39th President of the United States: Expand Your Hearts and          Minds

14)  George H.W. Bush—41st President of the United States: The 41st President’s         Top Ten List

15)  George W. Bush—43rd President of the United States: Say What You Believe         and Stand By It

A Global Summit

            16) King Abdullah, II—King of Jordan: Provide Leadership Through Courage

            17) The Dalai Lama: Love and Compassion

18) Mikhail Gorbachev—Former President, U.S.S.R., President of Green Cross           International: All People Are Brethren

19) Vladimir Putin—Former President, Current Prime Minister, Russia:

Diligence Is the Mother of Success

            20) Nursultan Nazarbayev—President of Kazakhstan: Did I Live This Day


            21) Lee Hsien Loong—Prime Minister, Singapore: To Build a Country From


            22) Mohammed Mahathir—Former Prime Minister, Malaysia: It’s Worth Trying

            23) Roh Tae Woo—Former President, Republic of Korea: Audaciously Realize

Formulated Decisions


            24) G. Allen Andreas—Former Chairman & CEO, ADM: The Greatest

Education Possible

            25) Lee Kuan Yew—Senior Minister, Singapore: The Opportunities of


            26) Donald Trump—Chairman, President, & CEO, Trump Organization: The

World Is a Big Place

            27) Richard S. Fuld—Chairman & CEO, Lehman Brothers: Connect the Dots

Claiming Your Place In the World

            28) Lord E. John P. Browne—Former Group CEO, British Petroleum: Build a

Strong Core

            29) Tony Hall—CEO, Royal Opera House, London: Many Different Roles

            30) Thomas Hoving—Former Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York:

Everybody Wants You

            31) David Keough—Chairman of the Board, Allen & Company: A Little


            32) David Rockefeller, Jr.—Member of the Board, Rockefeller Financial

Services: Dig In

            33) David Tang—Chairman, D.W.C. Tang Development: A King in Every Job

            34) James Tisch—President & CEO, Loews Corporation: Go Against the Grain

Passion and Job Satisfaction

            35) John F. Welch—Former CEO, General Electric: Something That Really

Turns Your Crank

            36) Maurice (Hank) Greenberg—Chairman & CEO, C.V. Starr & Co.: Passion

            37) Joseph R. Gromek—President & CEO, Warnaco Company: The First Place

to Start


            38) Henry Kaufman—President, Henry Kaufman Company: Persistence

            39) Gary Mirabelle—Sculptor, Stricoff Gallery: Absurdly Dedicated

            40) Ray Kelly—Commissioner, NYPD: Devote Yourself Totally

            41) Leon Lederman—Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics 1988, Director Emeritus,

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory: Total Obsessive Dedication

            42) Dean Kamen—President, DEKA Research: You Make the Choice

            43) Richard LeFrak—President & CEO, LeFrak Organization: For Lack of an


Renaissance People

            44) Giampiero Bodino—Creative Director, Richemont S.A.: Be Generous With

Your Creativity

            45) John Brennan—Chairman & CEO, Vanguard Group: Values Match and


            46) Jeremy Isaacs—CEO, Lehman Brothers Europe & Asia: A Virtual Helicopter


            47) Stephan Rojahn—Chairman of the Board of Management, Dürr Group: Ask

for Greater Responsibilities

            48) Doreen Toben—EVP & CFO, Verizon Communications Inc.: Broaden Your


Mentors and Role Models

            49) Dr. Josef Ackerman—Chairman of Deutsche Bank: Stay Focused

            50) Robert Keith Gray—Chairman, Gray & Company II: Your Mother’s


            51) Jurgen Hambrecht—Chairman of the Board of Directors, BASF: Somebody

to Help

            52) Stephen Joel Trachtenberg—President Emeritus, George Washington

University: Integrity, Bred in the Bone

            53) Warren Washington—Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric

Research: Read About the Lives of Great Contributors


Working with Others

            54) Kathryn Wylde—President & CEO, New York City Partnership: Partnerships

that Change the World

            55) James Turley—Chairman & CEO, Ernst & Young LLP: Integrity, Respect,

and Teaming

            56) Li Ka-shing—Chairman, Cheung Kong Holdings: Fairness

            57) Charles Holliday—Chairman & CEO, DuPont: Not a Beauty Contest

            58) Maria Razumich-Zec—Regional Vice President and General Manager, The

Peninsula Hotels: Your Reputation and Integrity are Everything

            59) Farooq Kathwari—Chairman, President & CEO, Ethan Allen: Shape the


            60) Dr. Bernd Pischetsrieder—Former Chairman, Volkswagen: Listen Up!

            61) Shelly Lazarus—Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ogilvy & Mather

Worldwide: “I’d Rather Ask For Forgiveness Than Permission.”

            62) Sanford I. Weil—Chairman Emeritus, Citigroup Inc., New York: Surface

That Mistake

            63) Beth Brooke—Global Vice Chair, Ernst & Young: Use Your Platform

Working for Others

            64) His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej—King of Thailand: The Pure Soul

65) Ambassador William Holbrooke—Vice Chairman, Perseus: To Public


            66) John D. Negroponte—Undersecretary of State, United States of America: A

Life in Public Service

            67) Diana DeGette—Member of Congress: The Benefit of Changing Lives

Optimism/Overcoming Challenges

            68) Vahid Alaghband—Chairman, Balli Klockner: Look for That Silver Lining

            69) T. Boone Pickens—Chairman, BP Capital: To Be Up Against the Wall

            70) Peter Peterson—Chairman, Blackstone Group: An Exuberant Confidence in

the Future

            71) Marie McKee—President & Chief Executive Officer, Steuben Glass: When a

Door Closes, Another Opens

Wisdom Inherited

            72) Dr. Anton Rupert—Founder, Rembrandt Group: Proverbs

            73) Gerhard Schroder—Former Chancellor, The Federal Republic of Germany:

The Categorical Imperative

            74) Leo Hindrey, Jr.—Managing Partner, InterMedia Partners: Meteors Who

Light Our world

            75) Leslie E. Bains—Vice Chairman Modern Bank, N.A.: A Why to Live

            76) Jean Afterman—Vice President and Assistant General Manager

New York Yankees: The Final Forming of Your Character

To Be or Not To Be

            77) Walter Cronkite— Journalist: Be Prepared

            78) William Harrison—Former Chairman & CEO, J.P. MorganChase & Co.: Be

a Leader

A Final Note on Real Success

            79) Theodore Forstmann—General Partner, Forstmann Little & Company: Real

Wealth Is Not Physical


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