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The Transforming Leader by Carol S. Pearson

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2Leadership in ActionThree Essential Energies

Betty Sue Flowers

To illustrate what such transformational leadership looks like in practice, Betty Sue Flowers offers a lively and touching example of how President Lyndon B. Johnson collaborated with Martin Luther King Jr. and persuaded members of Congress to pass groundbreaking civil rights legislation. Flowers shows how LBJ, whom she acknowledges was in some ways a flawed leader, nevertheless fully utilized his power as president to transformational effect. At the same time, King ably led and collaborated with the multitudes of people (and leaders at many levels) within the civil rights movement—all of whom were essential to its success. Flowers’s essay is a wonderful vehicle for providing an ...

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