Enduring Wisdom from the Father of Modern Management

Known as the "Father of Modern Management", Peter Drucker asserted, "self-assessment is the first action required of leadership." This vital resource gives leaders a practical framework for self-assessment and applying Drucker's time-tested leadership philosophy to their organization. The concepts and framework are applicable across every sector, within every industry as well as the classroom. Drucker's philosophy is as relevant for meeting today's business challenges and opportunities as it was when it was first developed in the mid-twentieth century.

Five Important Questions for Aspiring Leaders

For those leading, managing, and working in all three sectors—public, private, and social—Peter Drucker's Five Most Important Questions helps leaders gain a new perspective and develop a solid foundation upon which to build a successful and bright future for themselves and their organizations. Complex and compelling, the questions are as essential as they are relevant and can be applied to any organization. It starts with the fundamental question "What is our mission?" It addresses the question of the organization's reason for being—its purpose—instead of the how. The questions offer a guide through the process of assessing how well you are doing, ending with a measurable, results-focused strategic plan to further the mission and to achieve the organization's goals, guided by the vision.

Featuring input from 20 contributors, this book is a solution for today's leaders and aspiring talent who are looking for a management resource with a simple method to help them think through what they are doing, why they are doing it, and what they must do to be successful.

ENDORSEMENTS
MEET THE AUTHORS

PETER DRUCKER

Peter F. Drucker was a writer, professor, management consultant and self-described “social ecologist,” who explored the way human beings organize themselves and interact much the way an ecologist would observe and analyze the biological world. Hailed by BusinessWeek as “the man who invented management,” Drucker directly influenced a huge number of leaders from a wide range of organizations across all sectors of society. Among the many: General Electric, IBM, Intel, Procter & Gamble, Girl Scouts of the USA, The Salvation Army, Red Cross, United Farm Workers and several presidential administrations.

Drucker’s 39 books, along with his countless scholarly and popular articles, predicted many of the major developments of the late 20th century, including privatization and decentralization, the rise of Japan to economic world power, the decisive importance of marketing and innovation, and the emergence of the information society with its necessity of lifelong learning. In the late 1950s, Drucker coined the term “knowledge worker,” and he spent the rest of his life examining an age in which an unprecedented number of people use their brains more than their backs. Throughout his work, Drucker called for a healthy balance—between short-term needs and long-term sustainability; between profitability and other obligations; between the specific mission of individual organizations and the common good; between freedom and responsibility.

Drucker’s first major work, The End of Economic Man, was published in 1939. After reading it, Winston Churchill described Drucker as “one of those writers to whom almost anything can be forgiven because he not only has a mind of his own, but has the gift of starting other minds along a stimulating line of thought.”

Drucker, who had taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Bennington College, and New York University, spent the last 30-plus years of his career on the faculty at Claremont Graduate University. In 2002, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

JOAN KUHL

Joan Kuhl is an International Speaker, Author, Consultant and Millennial Career Expert. While pursuing a career in the fields of business and healthcare, Joan has used her background of leadership in both the private and social sectors. Joan has over 13 years of corporate management experience working at Eli Lilly, Forest Laboratories and Actavis Plc in the roles of sales, marketing, organizational effectiveness, training and development.

After a decade in the pharmaceutical industry and building her thought leadership as a campus speaker, mentor and coach, Joan Kuhl launched Why Millennials Matter. Why Millennials Matter is a Gen-Y training, research and consulting company based in New York City that focuses on raising awareness about the value of investing in Millennial employees and consumers. Her international speaking engagements and consulting have impacted leaders from over 60 countries and organizations including lifestyle, financial, healthcare, media, technology and consumer brands. Joan is the Millennial Career Expert for Barnes & Noble College, which serves over 5.2 Million students across 725+ college campuses. She serves as a board member of The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute and Cosmopolitan Magazine Millennial Advisory Board.

As an international speaker, Joan delivers engaging presentations that incorporate the latest research and insights around generational dynamics in the workplace and her personal experiences hiring, developing, coaching and managing Millennials. As a sought out keynote and panelist, Joan helps inspire businesses to develop a relevant and scalable strategy to drive engagement and loyalty with Millennials as consumers and employees. Joan’s coaching and leadership trainings have impacted diverse audiences of Millennials across the United States and as far away as Dubai, Argentina, China, South Africa, Australia, and India.

Joan has a long and active commitment to empowering young leaders to achieve their potential as a mentor and coach. Marshall Goldsmith, NYTimes Best Selling Author and #1 leadership thinker in the world by the Harvard Business Review named Joan Kuhl as "the Next Generation's Top Executive Coach" and has been a strong mentor and supporter. Since 2005, Joan has spoken to thousands of high school and college students as a spokesperson for Monster.com’s Program on Career and College preparation for success. Joan serves as the youngest Board Member for the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute named after the former CEO of the Girls Scouts of the USA and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Joan is frequently invited to speak to undergraduate and MBA students including Baruch College, Babson, NYU, University of South Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, University of Toledo, University of Rochester, University of the Pacific, Tufts, Rutgers University, and LIM College. Follow Joan on Twitter: @joankuhl.

FRANCES HESSELBEIN

One of the most highly respected experts in the field of contemporary leadership development has joined with the University of Pittsburgh and her colleagues worldwide to strengthen leadership among college-age students.

Currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, founded as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management and renamed in 2012 to honor Hesselbein's legacy and ongoing contributions. Hesselbein served as the organization’s founding president and chief executive officer from 1990 to 2000 and most recently served as chair of the board from 2000-2010. She held these positions following a distinguished tenure as CEO of the Girls Scouts of the United States of America from 1976 to 1990.

As a “pioneer for women, diversity and inclusion,” Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. A distinguished author and board member for several nonprofit and corporate boards, she serves as editor-in-chief of the award-winning journal Leader to Leader and is the coeditor of twenty-seven books in twenty-nine languages. She has written numerous articles and books on effective leadership, including the best seller, The Leader of the Future, Hesselbein on Leadership, and her most recent publication More Hesselbein on Leadership. You can follow Mrs. Hesselbein on Twitter: @ToServeIsToLive .