Summary of A Higher Standard

Looking for the book?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 10 minutes.

A Higher Standard book summary


7 Overall

6 Importance

6 Innovation

7 Style


On June 23, 2008, former US president George W. Bush nominated Ann Dunwoody to become America’s first female four-star Army general. Dunwoody deserves tremendous credit for working her way up and puncturing the Army’s “brass ceiling.” An exceptional all-Army, all the time, performer and role model, she tellingly recounts her inspiring professional saga. She also offers useful, if not so original, leadership insights, such as “build a team that routinely does routine things in an outstanding manner.” Her neat, well-told stories and insights from inside the military are very intriguing. However, if you’re counting, some numbers aren’t consistent, such as budget estimates. Nonetheless, getAbstract recommends her intriguing autobiography to up-and-comers seeking leadership role models, especially women; to service members past and present; and to anyone drawn to public service and to public servants who exemplify leadership.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What background forces shaped US Army General (Ret.) Ann Dunwoody,
  • What she accomplished as a leader and
  • What leadership lessons she offers.

About the Author

General Ann Dunwoody, US Army (Ret.) is the former general of one of the Army’s largest units, the US Army Materiel Command. Dunwoody is the Army’s first female four-star general.



America’s First Female Four-Star General
Ann Dunwoody is the first woman in history to become a four-star general in the US Army – a remarkable and heroic achievement. Throughout her life, Dunwoody placed her passion for service ahead of her fears. She won great honors and achieved the...

Comment on this summary

More on this topic

Customers who read this summary also read

More by category