Issue 144 - 06 | Leadership Lessons from Poetry and Prose
By Bob Vanourek Published Aug. 10, 2016 10:00 a.m.

“I have a life-long love of leadership, literature, and poetry, and I’ve realized over time that literature and poetry have a lot to teach us about leadership. These timeless gems of wisdom fell into three broad categories:

  • Leading yourself well first.
  • Leading others.
  • Leaving a lasting leadership legacy.
Here’s a taste of the leadership wisdom I found in each category, along with some commentary and practical applications that have occurred to me.”


About Bob Vanourek | Bob Vanourek’s Leadership Wisdom: Lessons from Poetry, Prose, and Curious Verse is a collection of 70+ poems and prose passages with commentary and practical applications. He is the former CEO of five companies and a frequent speaker on ethical leadership. He is the co-author with his son, Gregg Vanourek, of the award-winning book Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations.You can learn more at

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