Leading from the Front: No Excuse Leadership Tactics for Women


Marine Corps Confidence Without the Boot Camp

“Learning to lead is important for all women. Leadership skills help you make a difference at work, at home, and in your community. Leading from the Front provides women with 10 relevant principles that will complement any leadership style.”-Senator Elizabeth Dole

Leading from the Front is a brilliant, original, practical, profound, human, energetic book written ...

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Marine Corps Confidence Without the Boot Camp

“Learning to lead is important for all women. Leadership skills help you make a difference at work, at home, and in your community. Leading from the Front provides women with 10 relevant principles that will complement any leadership style.”-Senator Elizabeth Dole

Leading from the Front is a brilliant, original, practical, profound, human, energetic book written by two remarkable women. It's one of the best books on leadership published in the last several years.”-Tom Peters

“This engaging book packed with stories from women of courage can help build women with confidence.”-Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School Professor and bestselling author of Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End

Leading from the Front provides the reader an insider's view of each woman's experiences in America's ultimate boy's club-the United States Marines.”-Gail Evans, author of the bestselling business book Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman, and former Executive Vice President, CNN

“Women and men can benefit tremendously from the leadership skills Angie and Courtney learned as Marines. They have captured the essence of leadership versus management.”-Dave Gagnon, Senior Vice President, North America Company Operations and Training, Burger King Corporation

“I never thought about women becoming business leaders through joining the Marine Corps, but how terrific that Angie and Courtney not only found and honed their own leadership skills that way, but also codified their learnings for the rest of us.”-Betty Spence, Ph.D., President, National Association for Female Executives

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These three titles represent widely different styles and approaches in offering advice to (primarily) women seeking to develop their professional leadership skills. Friedman and Yorio (The Girl's Guide to Starting Your Own Business) are the most irreverent, combining suggestions for successful team building, communication, delegation, and navigation of office politics with "Girl Talk" and "Good Witch or Big Bitch?" sidebars that offer tips from and interviews with female managers. Morgan and Lynch (cofounders, Lead Star), two women who spent a combined 18 years in the Marine Corps, offer the stylistic polar opposite: ten leadership tactics in as many no-nonsense chapters, with examples taken from their military careers. Lynch describes her effort to climb a rope as an example of taking responsibility before assigning blame; Morgan describes giving medals to her team members rather than herself to illustrate taking care of your subordinates. They provide chapter summary points, although their narrative suffers from the lack of either authorial cohesion or a conclusion. Both of these titles are firmly positioned for women only and are quick reads. Public or special libraries might consider purchasing only one of them, based on their particular collection or culture. The title by Bourgeois (founder, president, Ctr. for Workforce Excellence; Her Corner Office: A Guide To Help Women Find a Place and a Voice in Corporate America) benefits from a more unified presentation, as well as more references to the existing business literature (e.g., Jim Collins, Peter Drucker). It offers tips to help men and women incorporate each others' leadership skills into a new and stronger "hybrid" style. Although allusions to Christian tenets are a bit more frequent than might be desired by many business readers, Bourgeois's style is both engaging and professional, her techniques well explained, and her manual the most cohesively organized of the three. She provides proof of the need for better management skills, outlines methods for developing those skills, and concludes with examples of hybrid leadership and "leadership challenges" in which readers are asked to apply their newfound knowledge. Recommended for larger public, academic, and special libraries.-Sarah Statz Cords, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071465014
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/22/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 204,094
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch are cofounders of Lead Star, a consulting firm focused on the leadership development of women in prominent corporations, law firms, nonprofits, colleges, and universities. Their clients include Wal-Mart, Burger King, Sodexho, and Cardinal Health. They have been guests on CNBC, CNNfn, and FOX News. Their efforts with Lead Star have also been noted in publications ranging from the New York Times to magazine.

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Table of Contents

Preface : becoming Marines, becoming leaders
Ch. 1 Meet and exceed the standards you ask of others - lead from the front 15
Ch. 2 Make timely decisions - find the 80 percent solution 33
Ch. 3 Seek to take responsibility before you begin to place blame 53
Ch. 4 True leaders dedicate themselves to service - take care of those you lead 71
Ch. 5 Think before you act - especially before you overreact 89
Ch. 6 When faced with a crisis - aviate, navigate, communicate 107
Ch. 7 Courage + initiative + perservance + integrity = success 125
Ch. 8 Don't cry over something that won't cry over you 141
Ch. 9 Say you're sorry only when you're at fault 159
Ch. 10 Always lead as you are 175
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    This is one of the best books on leadership I've read. It is very easy to read, full of great examples. I have given copies to several friends and colleagues and I continue to re-read sections.

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