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The leadership paradigm has been upended. No longer does leadership flow from the top floors down. Today’s leaders must be equally adept at listening to those they seek to lead, developing trusting relationships, understanding other points of view, and being aware of their own limitations.
In candid and insightful interviews, Listening to Leaders gathers established and rising leaders from the world of business, politics, education, nonprofits, and the military to discuss the values, vision, and practical lessons needed to lead organizations today. Prominent interviewees include President George W. Bush, author and historian Jon Meacham, School Superintendent Ann Clark, Secretary of State James A. Baker III, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo, and Commerce Secretary and CEO Carlos Gutierrez.
Organized into four parts to highlight key concepts of successful leadership today — Vision and Values; Empathy . . . AKA, Remember, It’s Not About You; Humility and Self Awareness; and Listening, Trusting, and Relating — Listening to Leaders provides a guidebook for current and future leaders in moving organizations, teams, groups, and even nations toward a common purpose.
William McKenzie is editorial director for the George W. Bush Institute, where he also serves as editor of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute.
Active in education issues, he co-teaches an education policy class at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development. He also participates in the Bush Institute’s school accountability project.
Before joining the Bush Institute, the Fort Worth native served 22 years as an editorial columnist for the Dallas Morning News and led the newspaper’s Texas Faith blog. The University of Texas graduate’s columns appeared nationwide and he has won a Pulitzer Prize and commentary awards from the Education Writers Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the Texas Headliners Foundation, among other organizations. He still contributes columns and essays for the Morning News and The Weekly Standard.
Before joining the News in 1991, he earned a master’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at Arlington and spent a dozen years in Washington, D.C. During that time, he edited the Ripon Forum.
McKenzie has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, on the board of a homeless organization, and on governing committees of a Dallas public school. He also is an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where he lives with his wife and their twin children.Full Bio