Leading Matters: Lessons from My Journey

  • 6h 30m 1s
  • John L. Hennessy
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2018

In Leading Matters, current Chairman of Alphabet (Google's parent company), former President of Stanford University, and "Godfather of Silicon Valley," John L. Hennessy shares the core elements of leadership that helped him become a successful tech entrepreneur, esteemed academic, and venerated administrator.

Hennessy's approach to leadership is laser-focused on the journey rather than the destination. Each chapter in Leading Matters looks at valuable elements that have shaped Hennessy's career in practice and philosophy. He discusses the pivotal role that humility, authenticity and trust, service, empathy, courage, collaboration, innovation, intellectual curiosity, storytelling, and legacy have all played in his prolific, interdisciplinary career.

Hennessy takes these elements and applies them to instructive stories, such as his encounters with other Silicon Valley leaders including Jim Clark, founder of Netscape; Condoleezza Rice, former US Secretary of State and Stanford provost; John Arrillaga, one of the most successful Silicon Valley commercial real estate developers; and Phil Knight, founder of Nike and philanthropist with whom Hennessy co-founded Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University.

Across government, education, commerce, and non-profits, the need for effective leadership could not be more pressing. This book is essential listening for those tasked with leading any complex enterprise in the academic, not-for-profit, or for-profit sector.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - Humility: The Basis for Effective Leadership
  • Chapter 2 - Authenticity and Trust: The Essential Ingredients for Effective Leadership
  • Chapter 3 - Leadership as Service: Understanding Who Works for Whom
  • Chapter 4 - Empathy: How it Shapes a Leader and an Institution
  • Chapter 5 - Courage: Standing Up for the Institution and the Community
  • Chapter 6 - Collaboration and Teamwork: You Cannot Do it Alone
  • Chapter 7 - Innovation: The Key to Success in Industry and Academia
  • Chapter 8 - Intellectual Curiosity: Why Being a Lifelong Learner is Crucial
  • Chapter 9 - Storytelling: Communicating a Vision
  • Chapter 10 - Legacy: What You Leave Behind