Mission: To strengthen and inspire leaders of the social sector and their partners in business and government.
Peter F. Drucker Heralds the Leader to Leader Institute
NEW YORK, November 20, 2002 -- The Leader to Leader Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution, was formally launched here today to advance its mission of strengthening the leadership of the social sector.
The Leader to Leader Institute has deep historical roots in the social sector and its predecessor, the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, which, effective January 1, 2003, will transfer all of its ongoing activities to the new identity.
Heralding the launch, Peter F. Drucker commented: "I am delighted that the the Leader to Leader Institute is now successfully underway. When we started the original Drucker Foundation 12 years ago, our intent was to create an advisor to the social sector in leadership, management, innovation and other key areas. Many of our goals have been achieved under Frances Hesselbein's leadership, and now it's time to move forward with the new Institute."
Frances Hesselbein, Chairman of the the Leader to Leader Institute, was Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Drucker Foundation, and served as its founding President and Chief Executive Officer from 1990-2000. Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, in 1998. The award recognized her leadership as Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976-1990 as well as her role as the founding President of the Drucker Foundation.
Rob Johnston, President and CEO of the the Leader to Leader Institute, has served the Drucker Foundation since 1991, holding positions of increasing responsibility for management and program, and was appointed President in March 2001. Mr. Johnston received a BA from Yale College and a MBA from Stanford University.
"Twelve years ago, Peter F. Drucker inspired our vision of an organization focused on the leadership and management of the vital social sector. Through that organization, we made an essential contribution to those institutions and, in turn, to their profound impact on communities and society," said Frances Hesselbein.
"That has been done and the continuing responsibilities will now reside with Leader to Leader, which will take Peter Drucker's groundbreaking work forward into the future," Mrs. Hesselbein added.
The Drucker Foundation worked to realize a vision of the social sector as an equal partner of business and government based on the belief that a healthy society requires three vital and effective sectors working together to change lives.
The Leader to Leader Institute will build on the Drucker Foundation legacy by pursuing its mission in three primary goal areas: developing social sector leaders of character and competence; forging cross-sector partnerships that deliver social sector results; and providing leadership resources that engage and inform social sector leaders.
"Already there is significant interest and support for the Leader to Leader Institute," said Hesselbein.
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