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SOHP Series S. Center for Creative Leadership

Interviews with staff of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), an organization that started in Greensboro, N.C., devoted to the study, practice, and development of leadership. CCL has developed widely-recognized executive education programs and has branches in Colorado Springs, Colo., San Diego, Calif., and Brussels, Belgium, as well as in Greensboro. Interviews with staff of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Greensboro, N.C. Interviews with 30 staff members were conducted in 1998 and 1999 in a project funded by CCL and coordinated by Joseph Mosnier. Excerpts from the interviews were published in January 2000 in a book entitled Herding Cats, An Oral History of the Center for Creative Leadership. The Center for Creative Leadership is widely recognized as one of the most innovative and effective executive education experiences in the United States. The list of Fortune 500 companies that have sent their top executives is long. In a recent year, more than 27,000 people participated in the Center's leadership development programs worldwide. The Center now has headquarters not only in Greensboro, but also in Colorado Springs, Colo., San Diego, Calif., and in Brussels, Belgium, as well as programs in a number of educational institutions. The Center for Creative Leadership was founded in 1971 as a nonprofit institute devoted to the study, practice, and development of leadership. L. Smith Richardson, Sr., head of one of North Carolina's wealthiest foundations, created the Greensboro-based institute by funding a small group of entrepreneurial-minded individuals and giving them, in the words of Bill Sternbergh, "the permission and the resources to be wild and crazy."

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