Summary of Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation

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During his 12-year tenure as principal chief of the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation, an American Indian tribe, Chad “Corntassel” Smith increased tribal business revenues by millions of dollars, created thousands of jobs, raised literacy rates and restored pride among his people. You won’t find fancy management theories or profound philosophical musings in Smith’s treatise. Instead, he embraces a fundamental approach that encompasses the content and application of six core lessons. He advises setting goals, working hard and making the adjustments necessary to move ahead. Smith’s State of the Nation speeches in the book’s 12 appendices demonstrate how he applied these lessons during his years of governing the tribe. His intelligence and strength of character are evident. He refuses to blame those who historically wronged his people and he demonstrates little compassion for those who regard entitlement as a constitutional privilege. getAbstract strongly recommends this heartfelt manual on the essential simplicities of leadership.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How effective leaders go from Point A to Point B;
  • How to use the four components of learning: “observing, reading, listening and asking”; and
  • How the “Declaration of Designed Purpose” guided the Cherokees’ return to well-being and prosperity.

About the Author

Chad “Corntassel” Smith served as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1999 to 2011. He is now a leadership and organizational development consultant.



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From 1999 to 2011, Chad “Corntassel” Smith served as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation – the US’s second-largest American Indian tribe. As chief, he transformed a dispirited people into a unified, productive force. He tapped into multiple sources for inspiration...

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