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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Press (June 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891411739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891411734
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Platoons seal the fate of armies." —S. L. A. Marshall --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Dandridge M. Malone is a retired U.S. Army colonel and the author of Small Unit Leadership.

Alan Bomar Jones is an international stage actor who has appeared in over sixty professional theatrical shows. His offstage credits include two made-for-TV movies, several independent films, and various local commercials, as well as audiobooks. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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This is a classic read and anyone looking to be a leader should get this book.
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This is a very good book and goes by its self-explanatory title.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By T. Hooper on April 16, 2005
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This book was written for officers in the United States Army. It gives officers an idea of how to manage and develop the soldiers under them. Particularly it gives good advice on how to recognize and deal with certain types of soldiers based on a skill, will, and teamwork scale. To tell the truth, I'm not in the army, but I bought this book to gain some insight into the army's way of managing and developing soldiers. I believe that if you are a businessperson or a teacher, you can learn a lot about how to treat different employees or students. Each person has individual needs that need to be handled in different ways, and I think this is something that this book does a good job of introducing. If you're in the army, you definitely need this, and if you're not, you can still gain a lot of knowledge by reading this.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 1999
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At last, a leadership book that doesn't have alot of corporate stuff in it. I get really tired of those volumes that have the samurai way, or the military way, or whatever, and then start talking about sales figures and meetings. This one literally is about leading military units, with specifics and an explanation of the broader concept of what leadership is for and how each leader in the chain of command fits together to achieve the goals of the army.
I am a squad leader in the police academy, a para-military outfit, and the ideas and advice in this book helped me out alot. I heartily recommend it for anyone facing an NCO billet of any kind.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By MCB on February 21, 2003
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This is a great book on leadership! Don't ignore it if you are not in the military. Much of the content carries over to the civilian side of the fence too. I am a first line police supervisor and found alot of good material here. I dare say much of it could be useful in the business/corporate world too.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Adam Kasanof on January 18, 2007
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I was an NYPD supervisor (Sergeant and Lieutenant)and found this book very helpful. Even if you *aren't* in a military or law enforcement organization, this book can help you. It talks about leadership and personnel management issues that apply to *every* supervisor or leader in *every* business or profession. For example, Malone breaks down personnel into 4 categories:

*Willing and able - Tell this person what to do, and when you want it done by, and leave them alone.

*Willing but UN-able (such as the "new guy") - Help this person with training and coaching to do what you want done.

*Able but unwilling (the classic shirker)- Needs motivation and supervision to get the job done.

*Unable and unwilling - ideally, would not be in your organization, but if you are stuck with them, need training, motivation, and supervision to learn what they have to do, and then get it done.

(Obviously, if a poor perfomer had personal problems of some kind, their supervisor would have to address those appropriately.)

Malone's explanation of these categories alone is worth the price of this book.

Another great leadership book: "Top Performance" by Zig Ziglar. He's a sales trainer, but really understands the core of leadership and teaching. Easy to read (I got it on audio tape), and well worth your while.
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Simply said-- if you are an NCO or Officer, you must make the effort to add this book to your library. This book is making it's rounds throughout our organization as I type. More importantly--it is positively effecting our current training...pound for pound the best training guide/leadership guide WE have ever read!
Train to Lead--Lead the Fight!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 1999
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I found this book invaluable as I undertook the task of leading a platoon. Clear, solid advice on how to lead soldiers to success.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. Coglianese on December 13, 1998
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COL Malone did the Army a great service in the field of leadership besides writing this book. Unfortunately, he passed on a few years ago. This book is helpful to anyone in a military leadership position, but its utility for non-military is a bit limited. I heavily recommend it for the young officer about to take over his first platoon or company and the young Specialist about to take over his first fire team. The section on how to ask questions is worth the price of the book alone.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Randy Given on May 7, 2004
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This is a very good book and goes by its self-explanatory title. It was very informative and easy to read. It gives good instruction on leading AND being a part of the team, without being just a YAHOO type of book like some others. Good for leading small units from military to paintball.
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