Next Generation Leadership: Insights from Emerging Leaders 

with co-author, Patricia Akemi Neilson (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2010)

The incoming generations will soon be the leaders of the future and their values will drive the innovation of tomorrow. While many talented young professionals are eager and ready to

take on these leadership roles, their voices are rarely heard. This book brings together the stories and ideas of the future from surveys, focus groups and interviews with some 300 emerging leaders to ascertain their thoughts about how organizations need to change in order to develop effective leaders of tomorrow, including how:

  1. Collaboration will replace the former top-down leadership model,
  2. Cultural diversity will add value to organizations,
  3. Corporate social responsibility is a necessary ingredient for organizational success,
  4. Family friendly policies will permeate the workplace,
  5. Organizations need to show “green.”

Watch the video on YouTube.  Also Available at: Amazon |Barnes & Noble | Borders

Some of this research is summarized in Penney’s more recent article “Voices of the Future: Leadership for the 21st Century,”Journal of Leadership Studies, Vol. 5, issue 3, 2011.

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Voices of the Future

(Center for Collaborative Leadership, UMassBoston, 2009),

Compiled by Sherry Penney and Patricia Neilson, this book includes essays from 20 emerging leaders  from  corporate, nonprofit and governmental areas in which they discuss their views on leadership for the future.



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A Very Dangerous Woman: Martha Wright and Women’s Rights

with co-author  James D. Livingston (UMass Press, 2004)

Wright was an advocate for women’s rights and for abolition and a leading reformer in the 19th century.  At the time of her death she was President of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association.



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Patrician in Politics: Daniel Dewey Barnard of New York (Kennikat Press, 1974).

Barnard was a leading Whig and a conservative and fought against the more liberal wing of his party.  He served in Congress and also as ambassador to Prussia