Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America's Leaders

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One of the most captivating heroes of the last decade and the author of the New York Times bestseller Highest Duty explores the nature of leadership with some of America's best and brightest

At a time of political polarization and economic turmoil, we yearn for superior leadership. Few have demonstrated this trait better than Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, a man who embodies the core values that are at the heart of America: responsibility, optimism, integrity, loyalty, and ...

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Overview

One of the most captivating heroes of the last decade and the author of the New York Times bestseller Highest Duty explores the nature of leadership with some of America's best and brightest

At a time of political polarization and economic turmoil, we yearn for superior leadership. Few have demonstrated this trait better than Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, a man who embodies the core values that are at the heart of America: responsibility, optimism, integrity, loyalty, and compassion. In this follow-up to his bestselling memoir, Sullenberger engages nearly a dozen distinguished Americans to explore the nature of leadership, what it means, what it takes, and how it can be fostered and developed in all of our lives.

They are asked the important questions: Where do the best leaders come from? And how do the most successful and creative truly lead, motivate, and inspire? Sullenberger talks to men and women from diverse fields, including space exploration, business, government, education, sports, finance, medicine, and the military, all of whom embody, in the truest sense, moral courage and leadership by personal example. Among those included are: Tony La Russa, the legendary baseball manager; Gene Kranz, the NASA flight director during the historic Gemini and Apollo programs; Michelle Rhee, founder of the New Teacher Project; former governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm; Jim Sinegal, co-founder and CEO of Costco; Lieutenant Colonel Tammy Duckworth, former assistant secretary with the Department of Veterans Affairs; Bill Bratton, former NYPD commissioner and LAPD chief; and former Labor secretary Robert Reich.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger became a national hero after successfully landing a disabled airplane on the Hudson River—and then became a bestselling author with his autobiography, Highest Duty. Having been lionized as a true leader during his Hudson ordeal, Sullenberger uses his new book to explore the nature of leadership itself. He describes his post-fame meetings with "a number of distinguished Americans" from a diverse range of professions who "embody the credo of ‘leadership by personal example'" with the goal of creating "a contemporary version of John F. Kennedy's ‘Profiles in Courage'"—and for the most part, Sullenberger succeeds. The highlights of the book include his encounters with Thad Allen, U.S. Coast Guard chief of staff, who describes a range of "crucible events" that forged his leadership values, including his work on the Hurricane Katrina disaster and the Gulf oil debacle; Tammy Duckworth, lieutenant colonel in the Illinois National Guard, whose "incredible dedication to serving others" led to her losing her legs while serving in Iraq ("I could've lost both arms along with both legs and I would have been okay, knowing that I did my job"); and Robert Reich, professor and former U.S. secretary of labor, in an excellent chapter on the "three dangerous seductions" of martyr, messiah, and truth teller that potential leaders must avoid. (July)
Library Journal
Airline pilot, safety expert, and accident investigator Sullenberger (Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters) is famous for his successful emergency water landing of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009. Here, Sullenberger explores the nature of leadership, e.g., responsibility, optimism, integrity, loyalty, and compassion. To write this book, Sullenberger traveled the world to interview 11 distinguished individuals, including former U.S. Labor secretary Robert Reich; former U.S. Veteran's Affairs assistant secretary Tammy Duckworth; Costco cofounder and CEO Jim Senegal; NASA Gemini and Apollo flight director Eugene Kranz; baseball manager Tony La Russa; education reformer Michelle Rhee; and Admiral Thad Allen, who directed FEMA's relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina. They discuss the essential nature of leadership, the core qualities that characterize the best leaders, and how their experiences can be applied to other people's lives. VERDICT Sullenberger manages to personalize the age-old topic of leadership with this collection of firsthand perspectives of notable leaders. Recommended.—Dale Farris, Groves, TX
Library Journal
While Sullenberger's best-selling Highest Duty covered his 42-year career as a pilot, here he offers reflections on leadership—where do the best leaders come from and how do they inspire?—while highlighting top leaders like baseball manager Tony La Russa and Michelle Rhee, founder of the New Teacher Project. With a 100,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
With the assistance of Century (co-author, with Ice-T: Ice, 2011, etc.), Sullenberger (Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, 2009) presents "a contemporary version" of John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage. Following his heroic landing of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River, the author met with first officer Jeff Skiles to discuss how to move forward as private individuals faced with unsought public notoriety. They resolved to use their "new platform for the greater good" by serving as advocates and champions for aviation safety and the profession of airline pilots. But first they had to prepare themselves to deal with the new challenge. This book is an outgrowth of that process, as they rose to master new responsibilities and obligations. Sullenberger calls it "a kind of personal quest," which brought him into contact with the 11 people whose stories form the core of his book. Among others, they include three-time World Series–winning baseball manager Tony La Russa; Admiral Thad Allen, who brought innovative methods and a "fresh eye" to dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; Gene Kranz, the NASA Flight Director who stood up for the astronauts' safety against NASA's bureaucracy, and who brought Apollo 13 and its crew safely home; and Michelle Rhee, who was brought in to overhaul the Washington, D.C., school system and produced remarkable results over three years. Sullenberger is also concerned with how people build loyalty and empower others, as well as how they respond to crises. He highlights the role of Jim Sinegal at Costco, who has defended his employees and customers against stockholders. Sullenberger has provided a real service in presenting these courageous American leaders and their stories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061924705
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 377,984
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III is a retired airline pilot, speaker, and consultant who has become a source of inspiration for many after his successful emergency water landing of a disabled airliner on the Hudson River. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds two master's degrees and an honorary doctorate of letters from Purdue University. He has testified before Congress about aviation safety and the state of the airline piloting profession. He serves as the CBS News aviation and safety expert, is the founder of Safety Reliability Methods, Inc., a management, safety, and performance consulting company, and was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People. He lives with his family in Danville, California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Admiral Thad Allen 8

2 John C. Bogle 37

3 William Bratton 63

4 Lieutenant Colonel Tammy Duckworth 87

5 Jennifer Granholm 112

6 Gene Kranz 146

7 Tony La Russa 175

8 Robert Reich 198

9 Michelle Rhee 226

10 Sue Sheridan 249

11 Jim Sinegal 274

Lessons in Leadership 302

Acknowledgments 316

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Sullenberger- Top author!

    An outstanding book. A best read. The author provides the avenue for individuals in America that have values and is a must read for excellent character traits in the business world and the average individual who aspires to live a life with values and respect. An excellent book.

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    Highly recommended for college graduates

    PUrchases several of these Sullenberger books. Great short reads, impressive selections.
    Grads liked them.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    Unusual group of authors.

    Overall I enjoyed and was enriched by the book. There were a few chapters I skimmed, but overall I would recommend this to better understand the people who stepped forward and used leadership skills to solve problems.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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