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A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America's First Female Four-Star General

A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America's First Female Four-Star General


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On June 23, 2008, President George W. Bush nominated Ann Dunwoody as a four-star general in the US Army-the first time a woman had ever achieved that rank. The news generated excitement around the world. Now retired after nearly four decades in the Army, Dunwoody shares what she learned along the way, from her first command leading 100 soldiers to her final assignment, in which she led a 60 billion enterprise of over 69,000 employees, including the Army's global supply chain in support of Iraq and Afghanistan.

What was the driving force behind Dunwoody's success? While her talent as a logistician and her empathy in dealing with fellow soldiers helped her rise through the ranks, Dunwoody also realized that true leaders never stop learning, refining, growing, and adapting. In A Higher Standard, Dunwoody details her evolution as a soldier and reveals the core leadership principles that helped her achieve her historic appointment. Dunwoody's strategies are applicable to any leader, no matter the size or scope of the organization. They include lessons such as "Never Walk by a Mistake," a mandate to recognize when something is wrong, big or small, and to hold people accountable. Not only can this save billions for industry, it can sometimes save the lives of soldiers and citizens. She also advises that "Leaders Aren't Invincible-Don't Try to Be": to be our best, we have to acknowledge our worst. And she encourages readers to "Leverage the Power of Diversity" by creating teams of people from different backgrounds to provide a broad range of ideas and devise the best-informed decisions.

With these and other guiding principles, A Higher Standard offers practical, tactical advice that everyone can use to lead and achieve with maximum success.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738217796
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 478,515
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

General Ann Dunwoody is the former commanding general of one of the Army's largest commands, the US Army Materiel Command. Now retired, she offers strategic insights to companies and corporate boards. In addition to becoming the first woman in US military history to achieve the rank of four-star general, she was also the first woman to command a battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division and Fort Bragg's first female general officer. Dunwoody was also the first woman to command the Combined Arms Support Command.


Table of Contents

Foreword Sheryl Sandberg ix

Introduction First to Four: A Collective Smile 1

1 Walk the Walk "Live to a Higher Standard" 15

2 Wendell Would Be Proud "Never Walk by a Mistake" 35

3 The Enemy Within "Leaders Aren't Invincible-Don't Try to Be" 53

4 Door Kickers "Believe in Yourself 73

5 Courage "Do the Right Thing for the Right Reason" 97

6 The Man Behind the Curtain "Recognise Your Advocates, Janus-Faces, and Detractors" 115

7 The Mirror, Mirror Syndrome "Leverage the Power of Diversity" 137

8 Call Me Coach "Form Your Winning Team" 159

9 The Power of the Yellow Brick Road "Develop Your Strategic Vision" 179

10 The Needs of the Army Notwithstanding "Know When to Fold 'Em" 193

11 Leader of Leaders "Build Your Bench" 221

Afterthoughts: "My Way to Continue the Conversation…" 243

Chronology 253

Postscript: Leadership Strategies from an Army Life 255

Acknowledgments 257

Notes 261

Index 267

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