Summary of The West Point Way of Leadership

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The West Point Way of Leadership book summary
If you want to learn about military or civilian leadership, talk to some West Point grads; they were raised to lead.


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The United States Military Academy (USMA) in West Point, New York, has graduated presidents, generals and corporate leaders. Although its military tradition and patriotism are pivotal to West Point’s purpose, developing leaders is the focus of its mission and curriculum. Since 1802, West Point has been turning out young men and, in more recent years, young women, who are prepared to fill leadership positions in the U.S. Army immediately and who are trained to be leaders for the rest of their lives, in business, philanthropy or the military. Cadets receive a world-class education that includes an intense leadership curriculum designed to transform them into leaders and outstanding moral exemplars. Here, West Point grad and former teacher Col. Larry R. Donnithorne (Ret.) details what the USMA’s leadership training involves, how it is structured and how it meets its goal. He may make you envy the young students who are getting such a thorough grounding in how to lead. Donnithorne will hold your interest as he conveys the meaning and merit of West Point. If you want to learn about leadership – military or civilian – getAbstract recommends this overview from a dedicated West Pointer.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the U.S. Military Academy teaches students to be good leaders
  • How this helps their careers in every kind of organization, from the military to corporate life
  • Why West Point teaches students how to follow as well as how to lead


The Business of Building Leaders
Since 1802, the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point has been in the business of developing strong, effective, inspirational leaders, not only for the U.S. Army but also for civic and corporate life in America. This training is based on the conviction...
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About the Author

West Point graduate Col. Larry R. Donnithorne (Ret.) taught economics, leadership and moral philosophy at West Point. He is president of the College of the Albemarle in North Carolina.

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