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  1. Military Leadership: In Pursuit of Excellence, By Robert L. Taylor, William E. Rosenbach, Eric B. Rosenbach. This classic text examines fundamental elements of military leadership: the “process” of leadership, the dynamic personal interactions between leader and followers, and the values that foster effective leadership. Military Leadership provides a greatly expanded mix of classic and contemporary articles as well as original essays, with authors representing all of the services. The essays of the sixth edition confront the criticisms that surround military leadership today, offer international viewpoints, and relate military leadership to contemporary leadership theory and approaches.
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  2. The U.S. Army Leadership Field Manual, How the world’s most dynamic organization prepares its leaders for battle, with valuable insights for today’s business arena. For mor than 50 years, The U.S. Army Leadership Field Manual has provided leadership training for every officer training program in the U.S. Army. This trade edition brings the manual’s value-based leadership principles and practices to today’s business world. The result is a compelling examination of how to be an effective leader when the survival of your team literally hangs on your decisions. More than 60 gripping vignettes and stories illustrate historical and contemporary examples of army leaders who made a difference. The U.S. Army Leadership Field Manual also provides:  A leadership approach based on the army’s core principles of “Be, Know, Do” ; Hands-on lessons to enhance training, mentoring, and decision-making skills ; Chapters that focus on the different roles and requirements for leadership.
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  3. No Substitute for Victory: Lessons in Strategy and Leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, By Theodore Kinni, Donna Kinni. General Douglas A. MacArthur’s extraordinary life of leadership spanned three wars and more than six decades inside and outside the military. He defined principles of leadership that were decades ahead of their time: principles reflecting extraordinary wisdom about strategy, motivation, organization, execution, and personal growth. Now, Theodore and Donna Kinni distill 52 powerful leadership lessons from MacArthur’s life: lessons you can use, no matter what you intend to accomplish. On MacArthur’s command, millions of American soldiers risked their lives. After winning the peace in World War II, he led 80 million citizens of Japan to embrace the most radical and successful cultural change any nation has ever achieved: the transformation from militaristic emperorship to modern democracy. Those extraordinary achievements arose directly from MacArthur’s singular approach to leadership. This book reveals what MacArthur knew about defining victory and setting the right priorities for achieving it.
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  4. No Excuse Leadership: Lessons from the U.S. Army’s Elite Rangers, By Brace E. Barber. Every organization needs good leadership in order to win against the competition. Through his own personal story and those of nine other Rangers, Barber illuminates fundamental lessons about what it really takes to win. These first-person accounts of trial and triumph highlight the importance and the inherent truth of the Army most fundamental leadership principles: seeking and taking responsibility for your actions, and knowing yourself and seeking self-improvement. Adhering to those principles and putting them at the core of your organization will push you and your company to do more and do it better.
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  5. The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell, By Harry S. Laver, Jeffrey J. Matthews.  What essential leadership lessons do we learn by distilling the actions and ideas of great military commanders such as George Washington, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Colin Powell? That is the fundamental question underlying The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell. The book illustrates that great leaders become great through conscious effort—a commitment not only to develop vital skills but also to surmount personal shortcomings. Harry S. Laver, Jeffrey J. Matthews, and the other contributing authors identify nine core characteristics of highly effective leadership, such as integrity, determination, vision, and charisma, and nine significant figures in American military history whose careers embody those qualities. The Art of Command examines each figure’s strengths and weaknesses and how those attributes affected their leadership abilities, offering a unique perspective of military leadership in American history. Laver and Matthews have assembled a list of contributors from military, academic, and professional circles, which allows the book to encompass diverse approaches to the study of leadership.
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  6. The Leadership Lessons of the U.S. Navy SEALS : Battle-Tested Strategies for Creating Successful Organizations and Inspiring Extraordinary Results by: Jeff Cannon, Jon Cannon.  Leadership and teamwork techniques of the military elite, where partnering is mandatory, and failure is never an option As increasing focus is placed on fully utilizing and leveraging the value of employees, managers are finding that strong team leadership can be the answer to increasing productivity, reducing turnover, and boosting morale. A coherent, proven approach to teambuilding and leadership is very much in demand. Such an approach exists in today’s military, where powerful leadership and effective teamwork are more than just concepts­­they’re necessities. Leadership Lessons of the Navy SEALs analyzes the leadership and team-building techniques and strategies of elite Navy SEAL units, and guides business leaders and managers in creating, training, and leading teams that are extraordinarily successful at carrying out the company’s mission. Built around inspiring real-life stories from both the military and business worlds, this no-nonsense book outlines a step-by-step approach for boosting morale and increasing productivity. Leaders from every business environment will discover techniques to: Communicate objectives simply and forcefully, Build flexible, dynamic organizational structures, Acquire and keep important team members, Gain the trust and loyalty of team members, Prevent bureaucracy within chains of command, Effectively train their eventual replacements, Plan and prepare for crises, Make training relevant.
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  7. Leading the Charge: Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield to the Boardroom, by: Tony Zinni, Tony Koltz. “What’s happened to our leaders and to our leadership?” Based on General Zinni’s leadership experiences from the battlefield to the boardroom, Leading the Charge shows a new way through the significant leadership challenges of the 21st century. The times are changing at an ever-increasing velocity. Old systems, organizations, and ways of operating no longer work in our dynamic, complex and increasingly unstable new environment. Out of this chaos and confusion, a new and different leader must emerge. Old systems and methods will no longer work.  Leading the Charge is a visionary leadership book that examines the trends that have reshaped our world and the ways in which visionary leaders and organizations can effectively respond. Tomorrow’s successful leaders—in all fields, including the military, academia, politics, and business—must know how to create, operate, and thrive in very fluid, flattened, and integrated structures that are remarkably different from the traditional organizations we are used to seeing. They will have to manage rapidly changing technology and flows of information, and create faster and more far-reaching spans of control. Leading the Charge shows the way, and is an incisive and compelling guide to the new world of leadership, one that will prove indispensable for years to come. Organized around “Leading a New World,” a revolutionary leadership course General Zinni developed and taught at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University, Leading the Charge makes a convincing case that leaders must . . .
    – change with the times to be relevant.
    – be ready for crisis mode at any given time.
    – have a moral compass and the ability to steer the company in the right direction.
    – be forward thinking, not reactive, to provide innovation and creativity.
    – develop great leaders.
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