Hearts Touched with Fire: How Great Leaders Are Made Audiobook, by David Gergen Play Audiobook Sample

Hearts Touched with Fire: How Great Leaders Are Made Audiobook

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Read By: David Gergen Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781797142937

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Longest Chapter Length:

56:03 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

12 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

31:17 minutes

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Publisher Description

A powerful guide to the art of leadership from David Gergen—former White House adviser to four US presidents, CNN analyst, and founder of the Harvard Center for Public Leadership.

As nations careen from one crisis to the next, there is a growing cry for fresh leadership. Those in charge have repeatedly fallen short, and trust in institutions has plummeted. So, what does great leadership look like? And how are great leaders made?

David Gergen, a leader in the public arena for more than half a century, draws from his experiences as a White House adviser to four presidents, his decades as a trusted voice on national issues, and years of teaching and mentoring young people to offer a stirring playbook for the next generation of change-makers.

To uncover the fundamental elements of effective leadership, Gergen traces the journeys of iconic leaders past and present, from pathbreakers like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Lewis, John McCain, and Harvey Milk to historic icons like Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, and Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, to contemporary game changers like Greta Thunberg, the Parkland students, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Leadership is a journey that starts from within, Gergen writes. A leader must become self-aware and then achieve self-mastery. You cannot lead others until you can lead yourself. As you start to leap into the world, you begin your outer journey, overcoming setbacks, persuading others, empowering them, and navigating crises—armed a sense of history, humor, passion, and purpose.

By linking lessons of the past with the ever-changing practice of leadership today, Gergen reveals the time-tested secrets of dynamic leadership. An indispensable manual, Hearts Touched With Fire distills experience and wisdom of the past into an invaluable guide for leaders of our future.

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"This is a great read for anyone. It gives you an education on what type of leaders we have had in the past and which were brave and effective and what it takes to be one today! A wonderful lesson on history as well! I enjoyed Davids calm voice and felt a sense of honesty and reliability. Highly recommend"

— Beth (5 out of 5 stars)


  • “Sage lessons and a unique perspective…Now is the moment for this vital and compelling work.”

    — Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “An indispensable contribution to our understanding of how to create the ethical and effective leaders we so badly need.”

    — Drew Faust, president emerita of Harvard University and the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor 
  • “The author describes the qualities of a leader, how a leader deals with others, and examples of leaders in action…[and] fills his text with real-world examples.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “Becoming an excellent leader, he writes, happens in three stages, akin to a hero’s path: the ‘inner journey,’ in which one achieves self-mastery; the outer journey, as one ‘moves from internal preparations for leadership to rubbing up against the outside world,’ and the active journey, as one puts what one has learned to work.”

    — Publishers Weekly


  • A New York Times bestseller

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About David Gergen

David Gergen has been a leader in the public arena for more than half a century. He has served as a White House adviser to four US presidents of both parties: Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. He then served as the editor of US News & World Report. For the past two decades, he has served as a professor of public service and founding director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also a senior political analyst for CNN, where he is a respected voice in national and international affairs.