NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution, is proud to announce that president and CEO Frances Hesselbein — one of the most highly respected experts in the field of contemporary leadership development — was honored in the fifth annual Axiom Business Book Awards, profiling the best business books published during the past year. Hesselbein won the gold medal in the Memoir/Biography category for her 2011 autobiography, My Life in Leadership: The Journey and Lessons Learned Along the Way.
Alan Mulally, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company, on the book’s publication said, “Thank you so much Frances, for your very special gift of a life dedicated to service and continuous improvement! You inspire us all to be better leaders."
According to author Jim Collins, “Frances teaches us that one of the greatest sources of energy is leadership done in the spirit of service.”
Hesselbein Institute board member and founder of Teleos Leadership Institute, Annie McKee adds, “Leadership is needed more than ever in these challenging times and on this journey there could be no better guide than Frances Hesselbein.”
Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor, in 1998 by President Clinton. The award recognized her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976–1990, as well as her role as the founding president of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, which is today The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute.
Jenkins Group founder Jerrold Jenkins, whose company presents the Awards, says, “This year more than ever, the Axiom Award winners represent knowledge that will help businesses survive and thrive, and also give young people advice and inspiration from the world’s best business minds.”
Hesselbein is editor-in-chief of the award-winning quarterly journal Leader to Leader. She is the co-editor of 27 books in 30 languages and authored Hesselbein on Leadership and, in 2011, My Life in Leadership.
Joan Snyder Kuhl, associate director for training and development at Forest Laboratories and the youngest member in the history of the Board of Governors for the Institute, concludes, “There are very few visible leaders who live by example as Frances does. She shares the personal stories of her life and as CEO of the Girl Scouts which inspired the person she has become today. Her book will encourage emerging leaders to discover that leadership is a journey not a destination.”
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