The Courage to Take Command: Leadership Lessons from a Military Trailblazer

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 11/3/2014
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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When Jill Morgenthaler arrived at boot camp in 1975 as part of the inaugural class of women in the Army, she was one of 83 female cadets . . . on a base of 50,000 men. So she knows a thing or two about conquering obstacles.

In The Courage to Take Command, Colonel Morgenthaler provides invaluable leadership lessons drawn from her three decades of military service--from her first days in ROTC to combat in some of the world's most dangerous war zones. Ironically, the military taught her that leadership isn’t about "command and control." Rather, it requires a fine balance of reason and emotion, distance and familiarity, hard and soft power. Learn how to lead your team to success by:

  • Being true to your vision--but being open to new ideas
  • Tackling obstacles head-on--but using finesse to arrive at solutions
  • Focusing on the mission--while protecting your people
  • Projecting strong leadership presence--but serving every member of your team, especially the weakest and most vulnerable
  • Maintaining team spirit--but refusing to tolerate mediocrity
  • Accepting and embracing your fears--but never letting them control you
  • Always having a plan--but also trusting your gut
  • Expressing a healthy self-confidence--with a side of humility

It took both a spine of steel and a smart sense of people for Morgenthaler to get where she did. Now she draws on the wisdom garnered from her experience to help you develop an authentic brand of leadership and succeed at all levels of any organization.

The Courage to Take Command provides the strategies and tactics you need to follow through with your leadership vision, inspire your team, and execute your mission—even when the odds may seem overwhelming.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: My Story ix

1 Overcoming Obstacles 1
2 Not Everyone Wants You to Succeed 13
3 Faking It 23
4 Leave No One Behind 35
5 Charm Is a Verb 49
6 Facing Fear 59
7 Stand Up and Stand Out 71
8 Dealing with Bullies 81
9 You Have the Power 93
10 Surprise as a Leadership Tool 103
11 The Balancing Act 115
12 Ask for a Promotion Before You’re Ready 127
13 How to Survive Unreasonable People 137
14 Crisis Leadership 153
15 Reinvention 165

Conclusion 175
Notes 179
Index 181

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