Leadership Lessons from West Point

Leadership Lessons from West Point


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With Leadership Lessons from West Point as a guide, leaders in the business, nonprofit, and government sectors can learn leadership techniques and practices from contributors who are teaching or have taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and have served in positions of leadership that span the globe. These military experts cover a broad range of topics that are relevant to any leadership development program in any sector. The articles in this important resource offer insight into what leadership means to these experts—in both war and peacetime—and describe their views on quiet leadership, mission, values, taking care of people, organizational learning, and leading change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118009123
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/13/2006
Series: J-B Leader to Leader Institute/PF Drucker Foundation Series , #111
Pages: 430
Sales rank: 614,835
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Major Doug Crandall is the executive officer to the Dean of the Academic Board at the United States Military Academy (U.S.M.A.) West Point. He was previously an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, where he served as course director for Leading Organizations Through Change and Advanced Military Leadership and received the Excellence in Teaching Award. Crandall has a B.S. from the U.S.M.A. and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The Leader to Leader Institute's mission is to strengthen leadership in the social sector. Established in 1990 as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, the Institute furthers its mission by providing social sector leaders with the essential leadership wisdom, inspiration, and resources needed to lead for innovation and to build vibrant social sector organizations.

Table of Contents

A Note from the Leader to Leader Institute (Frances Hesselbein).

Foreword (Jim Collins).


About the Contributors.

Introduction (Doug Crandall).


1 Becoming a Leader Developer (Eric G. Kail).

2 Learning from Failure (Doug Crandall).

3 You Must Lead Yourself First (Greg Hastings).

4 Influencing Your Organization's Moral Philosophy (Brian Tribus).

5 Developing Organizational Values in Others (Chip Daniels).

6 The Authentic High-Impact Leader (Sean T. Hannah).

7 Leader Development and Self-Awareness in the U.S. Army Bench Project (Dennis P. O'Neil, Patrick J. Sweeney, James Ness, Thomas A. Kolditz).


8 Teaming High-Potential Talent (Jack Jefferies).

9 Leading as If Your Life Depended on It (Thomas A. Kolditz).

10 Creating Urgency and Inspiring Your Team (Robert Morris).

11 Quiet Leadership (Eric J. Weis).

12 Leading Without Words (Jeff Bergmann).

13 Developing Charisma with Caution (Dena Braeger).

14 Trust: The Key to Combat Leadership (Patrick J. Sweeney).


15 Socialized Leadership (Todd Henshaw).

16 Leading at the Business End of Policy (James Tuite).

17 Harnessing the Power of Culture and Diversity for Organizational Performance (Remi Hajjar, Morten G. Ender).

18 Developing Organizational Commitment by Putting People First (Todd Woodruff).

19 Managing Expectations When Leading Change (Everett S. P. Spain).


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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. We appreciate 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.