Lifetime Achievement Awardee

Frances Hesselbein

Frances Hesselbein is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Leader to Leader Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management), and served as its founding President and Chief Executive Officer from 1990-2000. She serves on many nonprofit and private sector corporate boards, including the Veteran’s Corporation Advisory Board and the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Management at the Kennedy School.

Frances Hesselbein is Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly journal Leader to Leader. She is a co-editor of the book of the same name, as well as the three volumes of the Drucker Foundation Future Series. She also is co-editor of Leading Beyond the Walls, and Leading for Innovation, Organizing For Results, the first two books in the Drucker Foundation Wisdom to Action Series. Her book Hesselbein on Leadership was published in August of 2002. Be, Know, Do: Leadership the Army Way, introduced by General Eric K. Shinseki and Frances Hesselbein was published in February of 2004.

Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor in January 1998. Her contributions were also recognized by former President Bush, who appointed her to two Presidential commissions.

Oral history is an excellent method for collecting and interpreting memories and fostering new knowledge. Dr. Phil Scarpino, past president of the National Council for Public History and Professor of History at IU, exhaustively researches each recipient prior to conducting his interviews and uses the highest standards prescribed by the American Oral History Association.

The Tobias Leadership Center focuses on research and programs related to the study of leadership across all sectors – including corporate, public service, education, religion, medicine, and non-profit organizations. Its focus on multiple sectors and on both the practice and theory of leadership distinguishes its agenda among leadership programs nationwide. Through ongoing research in a variety of sectors, it generates knowledge about leadership and disseminates this knowledge through a variety of programs.

Oral History with Frances Hesselbein
View all oral histories here

Frances Hesselbein Receives ILA Lifetime Achievement Award

2008 Leadership Legacy Induction of Frances Hesselbein