By Frances Hesselbein

The early 1980s brought two great thought leaders and two great friends into my life. In 1981, when I was CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA I met the “father of modern management,” Peter Drucker. His philosophy and his work had played a critical part in my development as a leader from those beginning years in the mountains of western Pennsylvania.

In May, 1970, the first day I walked into the offices of the Talus Rock Girl Scout Council, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, as its new CEO, under my arm were copies of The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker for each staff member. I had never met Peter Drucker, but had every book and film he had ever done. I just knew his philosophy was exactly ...

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