What is the connection between literature and leadership? Are leaders born or are they made? What roles can creativity and imagination play in developing strategic thinkers in business, law, politics, medicine, and beyond? Elizabeth D. Samet, the author of the award-winning Soldier s Heart and a civilian professor of English at West Point, brings to this anthology her profound experiences as a teacher and her belief in the vital role of the humanities in cultivating leaders. In incisive section introductions, Samet focuses on the skills and qualities that distinguish the unforgettable leaders be they heroic, quixotic, or villainous who come to life in the selections. Readers of Leadership will enjoy its sheer variety Machiavelli and Milosz, Douglass and Didion are just a sampling of the 102 writers and works included. At the same time, readers will enter a thought-provoking, often moving conversation about leadership that is both ancient and crucially current."