Summary of No Excuse Leadership

Lessons from the U.S. Army's Elite Rangers

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No Excuse Leadership book summary
Army Rangers are trained to lead, persevere, seize responsibility and endure. They can take anything except excuses.


8 Overall

10 Applicability

7 Innovation

9 Style


Author and Army Ranger Brace E. Barber shows you how to make adversity hit the deck and give you 20 push-ups. His lessons on becoming a great leader are simple - stop thinking of yourself, learn to think of others, lead by example, persist in the face of adversity and so forth - but the process by which Army Rangers learn those lessons is complex and fascinating. Barber gives you insight into the brutal training that heroes such as the late Pat Tillman, the NFL star-turned-Ranger, endure for the cause of freedom. Barber profiles ten Rangers who applied lessons from their training to overcome difficulties. Readers see the circumstances under which these lessons were imprinted and deployed. In an age when people offer excuses as readily as business cards, Rangers believe the way to succeed is to stop making excuses. That’s a valuable lesson in business and life. highly recommends this book to those leading others through the hazards of business.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What leadership skills and traits Army Rangers learn as part of their training
  • How those skills translate to leadership, persistence and motivation in the business world
  • Why it is crucial to take responsibility and never make excuses


No ExcusesIt is June 6, 1944, and death lashes the surf on Omaha Beach. American blood is baptizing the shores of Normandy. German fire has the V corps GI’s pinned down, and soldiers are burrowing their faces in the sand and praying for anything to make the swarming bullets and stinging shrapnel go ...
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About the Author

Brace E. Barber is an Army Ranger. A member of the class of 1987 at West Point, he graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School in 1988. He served with distinction in the U.S. Army for 11 years. During that period, he led three combat platoons and two companies of soldiers. Barber served in South Korea, Honduras, Alaska and Hawaii. He is a lifetime member of the U.S. Army Ranger Association and a charter member of Worldwide Army Rangers. He is also co-founder of The Tax Firm, Inc., and Tax Recovery Group, Inc.

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