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ISBN-13: 978-1451592870 ISBN-10: 1451592876 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Steadfast Leadership Series
  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451592876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451592870
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Becky Halstead, retired brigadier general, US Army, is a 1981 graduate of the United States Military Academy. Becky achieved a historic milestone as the first female graduate of West Point to be promoted to general officer. As the senior commanding general for logistics in Iraq, she was the first female in US history to command in combat at the strategic level. In Iraq she was responsible for leading over two hundred multidisciplinary units (twenty thousand military and five thousand civilians), providing supply, maintenance, transportation and distribution support to over 250,000 personnel serving in Iraq. The culmination of Becky’s career came in 2006 when she became the first female chief of ordnance and commanding general of the Army’s Ordnance Center and Schools (equivalent to president of a university). Becky honorably served with the US Army and retired as a general officer in 2008. Becky has over fifteen years of executive-level leadership experience, developing and training high-performing, complex, and diverse units capable of strategic planning and execution. She has a record of leading change, building successful teams in demanding environments (Afghanistan and Iraq), and creating innovative systems and programs to solve complex problems. In addition to an experienced leader and logistician, Becky is known as a highly effective communicator. She founded her own leader consultancy company, STEADFAST Leadership, with the intent of extending lessons learned in the military to the civilian world. She specializes in inspirational speaking, consulting, and advising, and serves as a member of multiple military, corporate, and nonprofit boards of advisers. Becky was a recipient of the 2007 National Women’s History Project award for “Generations of Women Moving History Forward.” She also served as a commissioner on the President’s Military Leadership Diversity Commission from 2009 to 2010. Becky’s STEADFAST Leadership model was the subject of a 2011 Harvard Business School Leadership Case Study.

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Rebecca S. (Becky) Halstead, retired brigadier general, US Army, is a 1981 graduate of the United States Military Academy. Becky achieved a historic milestone as the first female graduate of West Point to be promoted to general officer. As the senior commanding general for logistics in Iraq, she was the first female in US history to command in combat at the strategic level. In Iraq she was responsible for leading over two hundred multidisciplinary units (twenty thousand military and five thousand civilians) providing supply, maintenance, transportation and distribution support to over 250,000 personnel serving in Iraq.

The culmination of Becky's career came in 2006 when she became the first female chief of ordnance and commanding general of the Army's Ordnance Center and Schools (equivalent to president of a university). Becky honorably served with the US Army and retired as a general officer in 2008.

Becky has over fifteen years of executive‐level leadership experience, developing and training high-performing, complex, and diverse units capable of strategic planning and execution. She has a record of leading change, building successful teams in demanding environments (Afghanistan and Iraq), and creating innovative systems and programs to solve complex problems. In addition to an experienced leader and logistician, Becky is known as a highly effective communicator. She founded her own leader consultancy company, STEADFAST Leadership, with the intent of extending lessons learned in the military to the civilian world. She specializes in inspirational speaking, consulting, and advising, and serves as a member of multiple military, corporate, and nonprofit boards of advisers.

Becky was a recipient of the 2007 National Women's History Project award for "Generations of Women Moving History Forward." She also served as a commissioner on the President's Military Leadership Diversity Commission from 2009 to 2010. Becky's STEADFAST Leadership model was the subject of a 2011 Harvard Business School Leadership Case Study.

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Genuine experiences and lessons learned as well as advise for anyone wanting to make a difference in their life.
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This is the most inspiring book on leadership I have ever read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on December 8, 2013
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Becky Halstead personifies the true meaning of leadership in her first book on this important subject.

I laughed out loud -- sighed and became teary-eyed -- with her accounts of leadership experiences, both on and off the battlefield.

She is a true inspiration to anyone who wants to be a leader -- in their own homes, their offices, their schools, their corporate communities or volunteer organizations.

Learn from Becky how to lead yourself first and then to lead others. You will love her stories and treasure this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Andruch on December 9, 2013
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What can I say about this book - its hard to put into a few words. It was truly life changing for me and to my family, friends and co-workers. It taught me how to reflect upon myself and bring out the best of myself from within. It taught me how to lead more successfully.

The book is written is such a tone -that you feel as if Halstead is sitting with you at home and discussing all of her experiences and how it taught her to be the best leader possible and how to incorporate that into anyones life. The chapters get more and more impactful as you read on - the book can almost be laid out like a roadmap or a guide to success.

This book is a must read for anyone who truly wants to grab leadership by the "horns" and lead more effectively - not matter what career or business you are a part of.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marvin L. Alexander on December 9, 2013
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24/7 is a great read. It is fun, but has some real hard driving points we all need in our lives. I love that it makes me look within myself when I consider that I am always leading someone, even if I'm not in a position of authority. A great book for anyone who wants to improve themselves and their leadership skills.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Engineer on December 15, 2013
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General Halstead has been a student of leadership for over thirty years. In this book, she has distilled a lifetime of leadership experience and lessons learned into an easily readable account. General Halstead candidly shares personal successes and failures to bring her leadership tenets to life.

In the end, leaders do not lead organizations or military units, we lead people, and the first person we must lead is ourselves. This book shares General Halstead's proven life approach to leadership. It is a must-read for students of leadership at all levels.
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I loved this book! After hear Becky Halstead interviewed, I ordered the book. It is not only a great leadership handbook, but it also carries the critical message that leadership is an inside job. In describing her Five Simple Truths about leadership and her Thirty Leadership Principles for Daily Living and Leading, she provides a road map for living life with a bigger impact. I love the philosophy behind these truths and principles and the stories are incredible examples of each of them. What I especially respected was the humility with which Becky shares her accomplishments. She is so forthcoming with her mistakes, regrets and lessons learned that we really gain an insight into the character that allowed her to overcome the odds and achieve the rank of Brigadier General.

Having "grown up" in business in the corporate world, I found many parallels in our experiences trying to succeed without role models to follow. Also, I have to adopt the term "mentors and tormentors" as being an accurate description of many of my bosses too!

For anyone who aspires to improving as a leader, this book will challenge you and entertain you and provide you with a better understanding of just what it takes in terms of commitment and perseverance. And to Becky I say: "Well done good and faithful servant to our nation."
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By William McPeck on August 5, 2014
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I bought this book after hearing General Halstead being interviewed by Darrel Hardy on the Success Magazine CD. While I can’t specifically articulate what specifically told me to get this book, I am very glad I did.

While much continues to be written about leadership today, I particularly appreciated that General Halstead focused not only on leadership, but particularly on self-leadership. The area of self-leadership is, I believe, under developed within the leadership literature.

In this book, I believe General Halstead does an excellent job of presenting leadership from her personal perspective as a former leader in the U.S. Army and now as a leadership consultant and trainer. General Halstead leads from the front by leading herself first, before trying to lead others.

The book is divided into two major sections:
1. The Simple Truths of Leadership
2. Thirty Leadership Principles for Daily Living and Leading

If you are currently a leader or an aspiring leader, I believe there is much in this book that can help you. You should certainly make this book part of your leadership development reading.
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By Katherine F. Jeter on July 18, 2014
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Part memoir, part Army Training Manual, part John-Maxwell-style leadership instruction and, in sum, a marvelous book. I loved reading about Gen. Halstead's experiences at West Point and in the Army. I am impressed and inspired by the sensitivity and creativity she brought to military leadership. I am delighted she is "on the circuit" now emboldening and encouraging current and future leaders in all segments of the corporate world.
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