Summary of From Values to Action

The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership

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From Values to Action book summary
Real leadership is based on values and ethical principles. The challenge is to put those principles to work.


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Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr. is the former chairman and CEO of Baxter International, a leading global health care company. In this book, he outlines the four primary principles of ethical, values-based leadership. Now a professor at the Kellogg School of Management, Kraemer is a veteran leader with much to teach about working ethically. He recounts how he handled various leadership crises and faced difficult issues, including the traumatic time when a Baxter medical product led to the deaths of 53 people. His examples demonstrate how he thought through his actual business problems based on being ethical, and how he put his values to work leading his company. getAbstract recommends this worthwhile treatise to business people at all levels.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to apply the four principles of “values-based leadership,”
  • How to put your values to work, and
  • Why leaders and companies must be socially responsible.


Leaders Should Value Values
Leadership is the opportunity to influence people. “Values-based leadership” affects people on an even higher level. A values-driven leader’s actions inspire employees by example and motivate them to do good things and focus on what truly counts.

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About the Author

Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr. teaches management and strategy at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He is a former chairman and CEO of Baxter International, a health care company.

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