Thinking about Leadership by Nannerl O. KeohaneLeadership is essential to collective human endeavor, from setting and accomplishing goals for a neighborhood block association, to running a Fortune 500 company, to mobilizing the energies of a nation. Political philosophers have focused largely on how to prevent leaders from abusing their power, yet little attention has been paid to what it actually feels like to hold power, how leaders go about their work, and how they relate to the people they lead. In Thinking about Leadership, Nannerl Keohane draws on her experience as the first woman president of Duke University and former president of Wellesley College, as well as her expertise as a leading political theorist, to deepen our understanding of what leaders do, how and why they do it, and the pitfalls and challenges they face.
Keohane engages readers in a series of questions that shed light on every facet of leadership. She considers the traits that make a good leader, including sound judgment, decisiveness, integrity, social skill, and intelligence; the role that gender plays in ones ability to attain and wield power; ethics and morality; the complex relationship between leaders and their followers; and the unique challenges of democratic leadership. Rich with lessons and insights from leaders and political thinkers down through the ages, including Aristotle, Queen Elizabeth I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Nelson Mandela, Thinking about Leadership is a must-read for current and future leaders, and for anyone concerned about our prospects for good governance.
Thinking about Leadership
The former president of Duke University, a noted political scientist, discusses the impact of power, gender and institutionalism on leadership. Nannerl O. Keohane has served as president of Wellesley College and in was named president of Duke University, where she was the first woman to serve in that office. After leaving Duke in , she was named the Laurance S. She is an American political theorist who has also taught at Swarthmore, Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania.
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Tracing the development of French political thought in the seventeenth century, Nannerl Keohane explores a quite different emphasis on the indivisibility of sovereignty and the expression of interests rather than rights. Originally published in , Leadership is essential to collective human endeavor, from setting and accomplishing goals for a neighborhood block association, to running a Fortune company, to mobilizing the energies of a nation. Political philosophers have focused largely on how to prevent leaders from abusing their power, yet little attention has been paid to what it actually feels like to hold power, how leaders go about their work, and how they relate to the people they lead.
Until September , Keohane was the Laurance S. Keohane earned her first undergraduate degree in from Wellesley College ,  and her second bachelor's degree at Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar. Keohane received her doctorate in political science from Yale University in Keohane began her career in academia teaching at Swarthmore College —73 , Stanford University —81 , and the University of Pennsylvania. Keohane served as eleventh president of Wellesley from to , while also continuing to teach political science. Keohane became the thirteenth president at Duke in During her tenure, she was also a professor of political science, led efforts to increase minority student enrollment, diversified faculty, and oversaw the Women's Initiative.