No Excuse Leadership: Lessons from the U.S. Army's Elite Rangersby Brace E. Barber
U.S. Army Rangers earn their reputation every day for bravery, leadership, and sacrifice in combat. Extraordinary warriors from the time of the Dieppe raid and the D-Day invasion to today in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Rangers willingly accept the most dangerous missions of any conflict. They are tough, they are fearless, and each and every one is a true leader.… See more details below
U.S. Army Rangers earn their reputation every day for bravery, leadership, and sacrifice in combat. Extraordinary warriors from the time of the Dieppe raid and the D-Day invasion to today in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Rangers willingly accept the most dangerous missions of any conflict. They are tough, they are fearless, and each and every one is a true leader.
Ranger School forces its graduates to excel under extreme conditions, persevere despite seemingly impossible odds, and develop the mental toughness to succeed at any cost. Those characteristics separate the greatest leaders from everyone elsein both business and in warfare. In No Excuse Leadership, entrepreneur and former Ranger Brace Barber shares the leadership skills and lessons all Ranger School alumni learn. Use these lessons to make yourself a better business leader and reap the rewards of higher morale, improved efficiency, and success in the face of adversity.
Every organization needs good leadership in order to win against the competition. Through his own personal story and those of nine other Rangers, Barber illuminates fundamental lessons about what it really takes to win. These first-person accounts of trial and triumph highlight the importance and the inherent truth of the Army’s most fundamental leadership principles: seeking and taking responsibility for your actions, and knowing yourself and seeking self-improvement. Adhering to those principlesand putting them at the core of your organizationwill push you and your company to do more and do it better.
When chaos and trouble reignwhen it would be far easier to give up than to keep goingNo Excuse Leadership shows you the kind of person you have to be to succeed. For leaders who expect more from themselves and their organizations, this book offers the proven principles and winning attitudes that lead to long-term profit and prosperity.
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Meet the Author
BRACE E. BARBER is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger Schools. He has served in the U.S. military on assignment around the world, including near the Korean demilitarized zone. Using the organizational and leadership skills he learned in the military, he cofounded and currently serves as president of two consulting firms, the Tax Recovery Group, Inc. and The Tax Firm, Inc.
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Brace Barber cuts right to the quick in No Excuse Leadership. In fact, the first 52 pages will put you ahead of most people in understanding how to get things accomplished. Using his own experiences in conjunction with several other fine men who mastered Ranger School, the author outlines the essential qualities necessary to become a leader in any field. In an entertaining and informative narrative, Barber helps you grasp what it means to overcome challenge. This book is both practical and inspirational. I will continue to refer to it often.
I think Barber tends to push the ties to business leadership a little too much in this book. Don't get me wrong - what hardships Rangers endure will definitely carry out into all other aspects of their lives as long as they live. The turmoil, stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, malnourishment, and many other factors combine to mold Rangers into soldiers who will never accept anything less than the best. While this does have applications to the "civilian" world, this book sort of hastily makes the connection of Rangers to businessmen, which seems kind of forced. Taken as simply a collection of vignettes from 9 different Rangers and their experiences through what has been called the best school the Army has to offer, this book was a great read. If you want to learn about what goes on in Ranger school, this book is definitely for you. Each chapter is a different memoir from a different Ranger, and each has unique experiences. What was of particular interest to me as well is that the book does a great job of using Rangers of all ranks: freshly commissioned 2LTs, Ranger Regiment PFCs, and even some NCOs - a solid mix. An interesting thing to note is that most of these Rangers went through Ranger school when the Desert Phase was still in operation (it was eliminated in 1995) and is only of the only sources of hands-on experience with this phase. Overall, a very engaging read and highly recommended. But like I said, don't let the title mislead you: this is a book about Ranger school experiences, with only small instances of leadership thrown in here and there.
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. We highly recommends this book to those leading others through the hazards of business.