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The Future of Leadership: Today's Top Leadership Thinkers Speak to Tomorrow's Leaders by Gretchen M. Spreitzer, Warren Bennis, Thomas G. Cummings

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Chapter Sixteen

Where the Leaders Are

The Promise of Youth Leadership

Tara Church

I am a morning person. The hour or two between getting out of bed and leaving for work is sacred time that I use to reflect on myself, the world, and the day ahead. This morning while I sat at my dressing table with a giant mug of coffee, humming the last notes of “Unchained Melody,” a radio commercial for some new dot-com and the rather loud voice of Tom Peters jolted my serenity: “We need your youth! We need your enthusiasm! … Be CEO of your own life!” I chuckled to myself as I headed out the door to my office at Tree Musketeers—a place where kids gain the tools and the power to be CEOs of not only their lives, but of national movements as well.

While Peters ...

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