Six Degrees  of  Connection

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As CEO of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, Liz Dow is an agent of change. Once called "Philadelphia's #1 Connector" by Malcolm Gladwell, she works behind the scenes to help individuals and organizations to extend their reach, to improve their performance and to connect with the community. Prior to taking over LEADERSHIP in 1993, Liz served as a Senior Vice President with FirstUSA (now JPMorgan). She earned an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA from Cornell University. She was chosen to be a Wharton Public Policy Fellow at the White House. She has served on the boards of MEDecision, Widener University, Christ Church Preservation Trust, the Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia, the Eisenhower Exchange Fellows Selection Committee and the regional advisory board of the Knight Foundation and has won numerous civic awards for harnessing the power of the private sector to the public good. This year she was named one of the 75 Greatest Living Philadelphians in honor of the Philadelphia Eagles' 75th Anniversary.

A LEADERSHIP Fellow, class of 1986, she has passed her passion for service on to her children. Her her daughter, Scottie McQuilkin, was president of the senior class at Cornell and her son, Geoffrey Dow McQuilkin, was president of the senior class at Episcopal Academy.

Six Degrees of Connection

How to Unlock Your Leadership Potential

Authored by Liz Dow

Six Degrees of Connection picks up where The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell left off, explaining specifically what Connectors do to create and sustain the ties that bind professionals, families, and communities.

As long-term CEO of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, author Liz Dow has encountered a unique type of leader-an individual who mobilizes and inspires others to take action, a person who seems to know everyone and gets things done behind the scenes. She recognized such people as "Connectors" and asserts that they are the new leaders. LEADERSHIP aims to mobilize and connect these leaders to serve the greater community through leadership development training and seminars.

Inspired by The Tipping Point, Dow initiated a groundbreaking study of Connectors, examining what they do and how they do it. Ten competencies emerged, and each is illustrated by the story of one of the Connectors they studied. Each chapter guides the reader through a definition of the skills required, habits that derail connection, a self-assessment, and a menu of actions required to take to improve one's skills and become a Connector.

Publication Date:
0578047373 / 9780578047379
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US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Business & Economics / Leadership

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