Every now and then a book comes along that you don’t just read–you save it to re-read it. These are the books that matter. Principal Chief Chad “Corntassel” Smith has written such a book: Leadership Lessons From The Cherokee Nation: Learn from All I Observe is a soulful, no-nonsense and inspiring book that prompts us to reflect on questions such as: what does leadership mean? what is stopping us from making the changes our business needs to thrive? how do I pave the way to success for my organization and for myself?
Chief Smith, the former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, was instrumental in turning his 300,000-strong nation from an organization in turmoil into a functional and healthy entity.
The model he used to achieve this success is based on a traditional Cherokee prayer that encourages learning from different perspectives as the sun moves across the sky from sunrise to sunset.
As a result of these lessons, between 1999 and 2011, the Cherokee Nation:
~increased the number of jobs created from 2800 to 8500
~grew their healthcare system from $18 million of services to $310 million
~increased assets from $150 million to $1.2 billion