Summary of Never Fly Solo

Lead with Courage, Build Trusting Partnerships, and Reach New Heights in Business

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Never Fly Solo book summary
Take a flight with a fighter pilot who knows how to lead under fire.


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The cockpit of a fighter jet is the last place you would expect to find someone with claustrophobia and a fear of heights. Remarkably, Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman managed to keep that little secret from the US Air Force during a stellar career in which he flew 65 combat missions in Serbia and Iraq. Now a professional leadership speaker, the retired pilot uses lessons from his Air Force days to inspire others to strive for success in business and life. Waldman is most compelling when he shares military stories and explains the tools and techniques he used to overcome adversity. He deserves credit for attempting to draw instructive parallels between his military experiences and life in the corporate world, and he sustains the metaphor of a pilot and his “wingmen.” However, Waldman rarely strays from a traditional leadership course, recycling age-old advice about pursuing dreams and building relationships. Though experienced flyers may not need to climb aboard, getAbstract believes that readers with only ground-level exposure to motivational leadership material will find value and inspiration in Waldman’s flight.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why leaders need “wingmen” to succeed
  • How to establish and strengthen team relationships
  • How to create an environment of mutual respect between leaders and team members – that is, pilots and their wingmen


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About the Author

Rob “Waldo” Waldman, a former fighter pilot, is a lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force Reserve and a professional leadership speaker.

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