Summary of Leadership Lessons from West Point

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Leadership Lessons from West Point book summary
Learn the leadership lessons that inspire military officers and turn raw recruits into people of courage and conviction.


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"In business, if you make bad decisions, people lose money and perhaps jobs," according to an Army captain who graduated from West Point. "In the military, if you make bad decisions...people can die." In that light, these leadership lessons from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point seem highly credible. After all, most fields of endeavor do not involve life-and-death consequences, but being in the military is not an ordinary profession. This grim truth not only requires but demands "competent" military leaders, as author Jim Collins discusses in his foreword to this compilation edited by Major Doug Crandall. getAbstract appreciates these valuable leadership lessons and their source. The Leader to Leader Institute, formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, publishes a comprehensive series of leadership books, 21 of which have been printed in 28 languages. So, when the Institute describes this book as "one of the most important...published in our 16 years," it merits a respectful look.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What qualities the U.S. Military Academy at West Point considers necessary for strong leadership
  • Why values are vital for leadership and group success
  • How you can lead effectively within your organization


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West Point has been recognized as America’s premier leadership training institution for more than 200 years. From its earliest days, West Point has turned inexperienced young men – and, more recently, young women – into outstanding leaders with exemplary character, courage...
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About the Author

Book editor Major Doug Crandall serves at the U.S. Military Academy as executive officer to the dean of the Academic Board. Twenty past or present West Point teachers, graduates or serving officers contributed to this book. Crandall, who taught a variety of leadership courses, received an Excellence in Teaching Award at West Point.

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