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Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck Hardcover – October 7, 2014
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An F-14 fighter pilot's top lessons for leading fearlessly--and bringing a team to peak performance
As an aviation pioneer, Carey D. Lohrenz learned what fearless leadership means in some of the most demanding and extreme environments imaginable: the cockpit of an F-14 and the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Here, her teams had to perform at their peak--or lives were on the line. Faltering leadership was simply unacceptable. Through these experiences, Lohrenz identified a fundamental truth: high-performing teams require fearless leaders.
Since leaving the Navy, she's translated that lesson into a new field, helping top business leaders, from Fortune 500 executives to middle managers, supercharge performance in today's competitive business environments. In Fearless Leadership, Lohrenz walks you through the three fundamentals of real fearlessness--courage, tenacity, and integrity--and then reveals fearless leadership in action, offering advice on how to set a bold vision, bring the team together (as wingmen, not Top Gun mavericks), execute effectively, and stay resilient through hard times.
Whether you're stepping into your first leadership role or looking to get out of a longstanding rut, Fearless Leadership will act like your afterburner--rocketing you to ever-higher levels of performance.
From the Back Cover
"Lohrenz has real leadership experience and she shares her insights on every page of this bold, fresh take on the subject." -Randy Gage, author of the New York Times bestseller Risky Is the New Safe
"Carey Lohrenz has written a book that is about much more than leadership. Carey's story is about looking life straight in the eyes and saying 'Bring it.' Bring the challenges, the victories, the hard times, the absolute joy of meaningful accomplishment--bring it all. This book grabs your heart and spirit from the first page and never lets go. I highly recommend Fearless Leadership." -Joe Calloway, author of Be the Best at What Matters Most
"Truth is transferrable, and the lessons Carey Lohrenz learned as a top naval aviator flying off the deck of an aircraft carrier are lessons that will benefit you and your business. This book takes you on an exciting ride that teaches what it takes to face your fears, support your team, and lead your mission successfully." -Mark Sanborn, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Fred Factor and You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader
"It's books like these that challenge my threshold for greatness. Carey discusses concepts every leader desires, but only few have attained. It will become a secret weapon in your journey to master your craft." -Dale Partridge, founder of Sevenly.org and author of People Over Profit
"A fascinating read. If you aspire to be an exceptional leader and really make a difference, Fearless Leadership offers a down-to- earth, understandable flight plan." -Howard Putnam, former CEO of Southwest Airlines and author of The Winds of Turbulence
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The author has woven together her pioneering career with the U.S. Navy and the necessity for decisive, actionable, trustworthy leadership, providing an interesting book that is capable of delivering a lot that can be transplanted within civilian leadership positions. If nothing else, you cannot fail to be amazed at the skill of military pilots, whose lives can rest on a couple of inches of metal and the steady hand of a 19-year-old person, working as part of a coordinated team. Leadership is not restricted to the higher echelons of an organisation.
The author paints a frustratingly interesting story about military life which, on the one hand requires cohesive leadership you can depend upon, yet on the other hand it is supervised by an arguably dysfunctional, out-of-touch disinterested leadership long away from the coalface. High-performing teams require fearless leaders is the central message from the author and since leaving the U.S. Navy she has worked as a trainer and consultant to bring these leadership qualities to many top companies. Three key attributes - courage, tenacity and integrity – are required to be a fearless leader, building upon a bold vision to bring a team closer together and execute an effective, resilient, focussed plan. Part advice book, part autobiography and part damning indictment about the U.S. military and its ability to waste through bureaucracy, the author managed to keep the reader engaged from start to finish.
This was a fairly light read, yet packed with information and interesting anecdotes and you can easily establish a connection to the author. At times it felt a little verbose or out of focus yet overall it was engaging and freely giving of itself. It manages to repetitively and necessarily stress the importance of quality leadership and time after time gives concrete examples of leadership in action. For this, if nothing else, it is a worthwhile read as so many books of this kind can focus on the theory and forget to show how things might look in real life. Overall, it was a pleasant, informative and educational read.