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Leading the Charge: Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield to the Boardroom Hardcover – August 4, 2009
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Zinni, former special envoy to the Middle East, and Koltz (coauthors of The Battle for Peace) turn their focus to what they regard as a profound leadership crisis in America. Leaders—in politics, the military and business—have failed to evolve with the times, say the authors, who identify 11 core elements of new (and effective) managers, including developing a strong ethical sense and honing listening and decision-making skills. The authors dedicate entire chapters to each of these elements and explore what it takes to shepherd nations, companies and families in times of crisis as well as how to nurture and train future leaders. Zinni's principles of governance—applicable to parents as well as presidents—touches everything from the Spitzer scandal to U.S. policies in the Middle East and dispenses practical guidelines with particular relevance and resonance. (Aug.)
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“Gen. Anthony Zinni (Ret.) in drawing upon a lifetime of competition on the battlefield and in corporate boardrooms has issued a call to action to restore American leadership and greatness. This is a must read for anyone who is concerned about what has happened to our country.” ―William Cohen, former Secretary of Defense
“From one of America's most respected and experienced military leaders and strategic thinkers comes a real, unvarnished, thorough examination of leadership. General Zinni lays out not only lessons of leadership but the leadership that will be required for America's future. This book should be high on the list of important reading for our citizens, educators, leaders in every sphere of our society… and especially our next generation of leaders.” ―Senator Chuck Hagel
“As only a true leader can, Tony Zinni goes straight to the root of our challenges today. For too long, leadership and its attendant qualities have been undervalued. Tony's clear-eyed observations and advice on this topic come at a time when they are sorely needed and certainly from a person who well understands the necessary elements of leadership – vision, execution, and accountability.” ―Richard L. Armitage, former Deputy Secretary of State
“Leading the Charge is a thoughtful and evocative lesson plan on leadership which is equally applicable to business leaders as well as military and political leaders. In today's ‘briar patch' complex environment where borders do not exist and politics, economics, and military and social issues intertwine, he has artfully detailed the strategy, tactics and logistics that are required for leaders to be successful. From ‘knowing the sea you swim in' to the importance of balance to building a good organization, General Zinni methodically takes today's and tomorrow's leaders through a self reflective, inspiring exercise.” ―Thomas J. Campbell, President, DC Capital Partners
“General Zinni lays out a comprehensive approach to leadership which is insightful and forward looking. He highlights key lessons which should be invaluable for professionals in all walks of life. He is a powerful role model and his philosophy reminds us of the critical difference that great leadership can make.” ―Robert Kaplan, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School and former Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs
“Leading the Charge is an insightful, highly useful guide to meeting the challenges in today's world. We highly recommend that readers put Leading the Charge on their 'must read-must buy' list and add it to their personal libraries. This former 4-star Marine general's outstanding book is a '5-star' guide to leadership -- we rate this book '5 STARS,' our highest rating.” ―Col. Jerry D. Morelock (ret.), Armchair General
“Dispenses practical guidelines with particular relevance and resonance.” ―Publishers Weekly
“This book makes it clear that General Zinni not only has absorbed good leadership traits from his multifaceted life, but also has studied it deeply. He has tried to share that deep understanding with others, in the Marines, in business and in academic settings. This may be the best of all examples of true leadership.” ―Semper Fi, the Magazine of the Marine Corps League
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The author, General Tony Zinni, is a retired U.S. Marine Corps general who I had the personal privilege of working for in Somalia in the mid-1990s. It draws upon a lifetime of experience in leading people in harm’s way and that I can personally attest are demonstrative of his most fundamental values. Far from simply espousing his views on leadership, however, he uses examples to illustrate and reinforce nearly every point. He deals with the tough questions that other authors tend to gloss over or entirely ignore, such as; Who’s good and who’s bad? How does ethics affect decision making? How do you deal with people who fail? How should you deal with someone who has made a mistake of judgement vs. a mistake of virtue?
Using quotes from such diverse figures as Gen. Colin Powell, Mao Zedong and Che Guevara, principles emerge for isolating and understanding problems that confront leaders in complex and changing situations. The book is a practical guide for thinking leaders facing extraordinary challenges.
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