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Q: what was the last thing you read that affected or inspired your leadership and why?

Hesselbein on Leadership. The book tells exceptional stories about organizational leadership. It also reminded me that mission, purpose, and values build the foundation for any organization, and that as association executives, if we believe in and put our efforts behind those things, we can inspire others.

Pamela Hemann, CAE President, Association Management Services, Inc., Pasadena, California;


I read a lot, especially books on business and association leadership. Almost everything that I read has some effect on how I approach my work. Good to Great and Built to Last had a significant impact on me in my current position. Harvard Business Review has something worthwhile in each issue. I also find leadership models in some odd places, like the book, Moneyball, by Michael Lewis. Lewis documents the leadership of Billy Beane, general manger of the Oakland A's baseball team. Beane may be revolutionizing baseball by finding ways to dramatically improve the business of making money with a successful baseball franchise. He changed the organization's culture because he believed that he had found a better way for a team to find, select, and pay its players. For me, the story reinforced that even in this age of subtle and facilitating approaches to leadership, sometimes to be effective a leader has to take charge and be directive.

Michael A. Molino, CAE President, National Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association, Fairfax, Virginia;


After giving this question a lot of thought, I would have to say that two historical novels, Undaunted Courage and John Adams, have inspired my leadership rather than self-help or professional materials. Both novels portray determination and accomplishment against amazing odds. They are about people who stuck to their principles. Both also indicate a return to our history and roots and convey that we, as a country, need to identify with these people and realize that we can all make a difference.

Harriet L. Fader, CAE President and CEO, Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland;


When I read in the paper in late 2002 that a Transportation Security Administration worker at Dulles Airport was living in a homeless shelter in Fairfax County, Virginia, with her two kids because her husband had left her and she couldn't afford housing at a wage of $8.50 per hour, I was deeply affected. I knew that something had to change so that the working poor in our most affluent counties can have decent, affordable housing. Working with the National Coalition for the Homeless, the National Association of Housing Cooperatives crafted legislation for an outside-the-box response--a three-year program to develop housing co-ops for the working poor and transitionally homeless through Hollie Mae, a new homelessness to homeownership mutual mortgage corporation. In July, leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus introduced the legislation. Much remains to be done, but this approach of seed capital, public-private partnership, and self-help could make a difference in many lives.

Douglas M. Kleine, CAE Executive Director. National Association of Housing Cooperatives, Washington, D.C.;

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Date:Jun 1, 2004
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