One of the most captivating heroes of the last decade and the author of the New York Times best seller 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 best-selling 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 embodying, 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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A book that makes a difference
It is always good--inspiring and morally strengthening--to read about great people, to be stimulated with admiration, respect, to understand for how they react under pressure, how they got to be who they were, and how we can become like them. One of the unique features of this book that makes it different from other biographies, is that "Sully's" story is not a chapter in itself, but is told in bits and pieces against the background of other great people. For instance, his "cool" in his crises on the Hudson is found among others who train for crises so that at the moment, their thoughts are on the job they must do, not the danger they are in. Over and over again, we get to see the common threads among uncommon people, and are left with a sense of, "Yes, I can do this too."
- G. S. Harris
- Wilber L. Jeffcoat Jr