West Point Leadership Lessons

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West Point Leadership Lessons shows how the leadership principles taught at West Point can be applied to people who are managers in business and beyond. The management lessons begin with West Point's motto: "Duty. Honor. Country."

Spending time on each of these three words, the book first looks at Duty from the standpoint of embracing that rare sense of personal responsibility -a trait sorely lacking in today's world of blame and victimization. It considers Honor in light of ...

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Overview

West Point Leadership Lessons shows how the leadership principles taught at West Point can be applied to people who are managers in business and beyond. The management lessons begin with West Point's motto: "Duty. Honor. Country."

Spending time on each of these three words, the book first looks at Duty from the standpoint of embracing that rare sense of personal responsibility -a trait sorely lacking in today's world of blame and victimization. It considers Honor in light of today's corporate integrity failures. And it defines Country as being part of something bigger than oneself and belonging to an entity where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, providing inspiration and contribution. The book taps into the traditions, customs and eccentricities of the academy, as well as the lessons learned by today's West Pointers in combat, politics and business.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402205972
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 1,218,237
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Snair was the president of his West Point class of 1988 and continues his strong relationship with the academy. He was a cannon platoon leader during Operation Desert Storm, and is currently a business consultant and writer. He has administered or taught for business programs at Seton Hall's Stillman School of Business and Thomas Edison State College. He lives in Old Bridge, New Jersey.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix Acknowledgments xi Introduction xiii
1. DUTY: Embrace an Uncommon Sense of Responsibility 1
2. HONOR: Try Something Different-
The Truth! 31
3. COUNTRY: Be a Part of Something Bigger Than You 61
4. MISSION: Know the Task, Live the Task,
Promote the Task 89
5. INSIGHT: Treat Your Soldiers As If They're Most Important-Because They Are 119
6. EXECUTION: Let Your Actions Define You and Influence Others 147
7. STRATEGY: Understand the Secret of Good Tactics and Good Timing 169
8. PROFICIENCY: Be the Expert and Share the Knowledge 197
9. LOYALTY: Exercise It Up and Down 219
10. CHANGE: Be Transformational 239
Conclusion 267
Source Notes 273
About the Author 281
Index 283
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2005

    Insightful!

    Author Scott Snair got admitted to West Point Military Academy, the U.S. Army's elite university, the hard way: rising through the enlisted ranks until he was almost too old to qualify for admission. He rose to become the president of his graduating class. Because he is a Desert Storm veteran, Snair's sincerity is beyond question. His book, if not distinctive, is as solid as the paint job on an M1-A1 Abrams tank and rolls sturdily through a market filled with books that extend the military leadership model into the realm of business. Although Snair's efforts to apply military lessons to business situations seem strained, his anecdotes are interesting and his principles are rock-solid and time-tested. He believes in establishing your leadership chops by seeking additional responsibility, and in fulfilling your commitments with honor and integrity. We salute that and agree that his book will help you be a better leader. Professionals with an interest in the military will find it particularly engaging.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2004

    Culinary Management Instructor, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

    This book is clearly what's needed not only in America's world of business--but American's personally can surely use as strong dose of 'Duty', where one seeks responsibility and owns up to one's own failings and 'Honor', choosing the harder ethically right decisions than to take 'integrity shortcuts'!! Scott's book highlights the characteristics of West Point's Leadership principles which have been maintained since the Academy's beginning and are needed more so now than ever before in our history!!!

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