Monday, April 9, 2007

Book Review: Leadership Lessons from West Point, (Editor Major Doug Crandall)

Here is an interesting book review of Leadership Lessons from West Point. Some economic development leaders come from military backgrounds, especially in regions where a strong military presence exists.
Economic development leaders must be prepared to learn from various sources, including useful lessons from West Point.

"The United States Military Academy at West Point holds its cadets to the highest military, academic, physical, and ethical standards. They practice excellence, a tradition that has held unwaveringly for over two hundred years. In Leadership Lessons from West Point, the Leader to Leader Institute and experts from West Point have joined forces to offer valuable advice on real-life leadership issues learned on or around the battlefield and applied to leaders in all settings.

With Leadership Lessons from West Point as a guide, leaders in the business, nonprofit, and government sectors can learn leadership techniques and practices from contributors who are teaching or have taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and have served in positions of leadership that span the globe. These military experts cover a broad range of topics that are relevant to any leadership development program in any sector. The contributions in this important resource offer insight into what leadership means to these experts--in both war and peacetime--and describe their views on quiet leadership, mission, values, taking care of people, organizational learning, and leading change.

Leadership Lessons from West Point contains candid reflections, compelling stories, best practices, and frontline ideas that will open a window into the world of leadership development where the values of duty, honor, and country set the standard for professional excellence."

Source: Leader to Leader Institute

Book Table of Contents

A Note from the Leader to Leader Institute, Frances Hesselbein
Foreword, Jim Collins
About the Contributors
Introduction, Doug Crandall

Part One: Leadership and Values Development

[1] "Becoming a Leader Developer," Eric G. Kail
[2] "Learning from Failure," Doug Crandal
[3] "You Must Lead Yourself First," Greg Hastings
[4] "Influencing Your Organization's Moral Philosophy," Brian Tribus
[5] "Developing Organizational Values in Others," Chip Daniels
[6] "The Authentic High-Impact Leader," Sean T. Hannah
[7] "Leader Development and Self-Awareness in the U.S. Army Bench Project," Dennis P. O'Neil, Patrick J. Sweeney, James Ness, Thomas A. Kolditz

Part Two: Leadership Styles and Situations

[8] "Teaming High-Potential Talent," Jack Jefferies
[9] "Leading as If Your Life Depended on It," Thomas A. Kolditz
[10] "Creating Urgency and Inspiring Your Team," Robert Morris;
[11] "Quiet Leadership," Eric J. Weis
[12] "Leading Without Words," Jeff Bergmann
[13] "Developing Charisma with Caution," Dena Braeger
[14] "Trust: The Key to Combat Leadership," Patrick J. Sweeney

Part Three: Leading Organization

[15] "Socialized Leadership," Todd Henshaw
[16] "Leading at the Business End of Policy," James Tuite
[17] "Harnessing the Power of Culture and Diversity for Organizational Performance ," Remi Hajjar, Morten G. Ender
[18] "Developing Organizational Commitment by Putting People First," Todd Woodruff
[19] "Managing Expectations When Leading Change," Everett S. P. Spain

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