Women In Leadership Month
I was recently given the opportunity to read and reaview Dawn McCoys book, Leadership Building Blocks. I am a person who loves to always be sharpening skills and learning new ways to improve on what I am doing. I really enjoyed Dawn’s book and took notes on parts of the book that I have been applying to my work environment as well as to teams I have the pleasure of working with.
Thank you Dawn for a book now sits in my office along with other books on leadership and skills I hold with great value.
Celebrate Women in Leadership Series
with Dawn McCoy
During the month of March 2010, Dawn McCoy, author of Leadership Building Blocks will highlight great women in leadership during Women’s History Month.
Sheila: Thank you for allowing me to be a guest blogger today at Book Journey. Today, in the Celebrate Women in Leadership series, I want to highlight Anne Frank.
Annelies Marie better known as “Anne” Frank is one the most renowned Jewish victims of the Holocaust. She is not remembered for her death but more for the exceptional quality of her writing in her diary, The Diary of Anne Frank that has become one of the world’s most widely read books.
She was born in Frankfurt, Germany and lived most of her life near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. She gained international fame posthumously following the publication of her diary which documents her experiences hiding during the World Ward II German occupation of the Netherlands. In later years, her diary would be translated into fifty-five languages and would sell more than twenty million copies.
Anne and her family were trapped in Amsterdam due to the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands around 1940. As persecutions of the Jewish population increased in July 1942, her family went into hiding in the hidden rooms of her father Otto Frank‘s office building. After two years, the group was betrayed and transported to concentration camps. Seven months after her arrest, Anne Frank died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
What I most admire about Anne Frank and her writings is that she was simultaneously candid and courageous. Not only did she provide us with the context of historical events but also an understanding of Europe during the Nazi occupation and subsequent Holocaust that impacted thousands.
Here are some of Frank’s most poignant excerpts:
On life: “Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year old school girl. Oh well, it doesn’t matter. I feel like writing.”
On self-fulfillment: Happiness….that’s something you can’t achieve by taking the easy way out. Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy.”
On legacy: “I shall not remain insignificant I shall work in the world for mankind. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living, even after my death.”
On balance: “Beauty remains, even in misfortune. If you just look for it, you discover more and more happiness and regain your balance.”
TOUR GIVEAWAY: Blog visitors who leave comments OR radio callers with questions for Dawn are eligible to win an autographed copy of Leadership Building Block and a copy of the Effective Community Engagement CD.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dawn McCoy is author of Leadership Building Blocks: An Insider’s Guide to Success. As one of the youngest elected African-American elected to the Sacramento City Unified School Board, McCoy shares seven leadership fundamentals in her book. Inspiring readers to be top in their field, Dawn shares her insights based upon twenty years serving as a nonprofit and government executive.
A motivational speaker, coach, and founder of Flourish Leadership Group, a leadership development and communications firm, Dawn is dedicated to transforming ordinary people into extraordinary leaders. In recent years, she has worked with organizations to develop their vision and create phenomenal results. Dawn has worked with hundreds of individuals to help them capture their spirit of leadership and truly become the effective leaders they were meant to be.
Visit Dawn online at FlourishLeadership.com.
Read an excerpt online and visit the tour schedule at http://bit.ly/LeadershipBuildingBlocks.