Leadership: Achieving Life-Changing Success from Within (Paperback)Alford L. McMichael (author)
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There is only one sergeant major of the Marine Corps at any one time. It is the highest rank an enlisted Marine can achieve. From 1999 to 2003 the USMC's 14th sergeant major, and the first African American to attain the position, was Alford L. McMichael. Now, Sergeant Major McMichael shares how the values taught to him around the dinner table and in the hard times of his dirt-poor Southern childhood took him to the top of his field and made him one of the most respected and valued leaders of our time.
This is not a guide that speaks only to military personnel. This is not a guide that only CEOs will cherish. The magic of McMichael's life lessons is that anyone can relate to and build success from them, because McMichael himself learned them in the most modest of beginnings: growing up in the 1950s with nine siblings in a single-parent, one-story home in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It was the best training he could have received for the Marines, and with down-to-earth practicality and an engaging anecdotal style, McMichael demonstrates how the morals, work ethic and self-discipline he learned from his mother and grandmother gave him the life skills for groundbreaking success.
Practice dinner table values...Find your compass...Rely on intelligence over emotion...Prepare so you can prosper...Impress yourself first...Give power to your people...Lead from the heart...These are among the pragmatic and distinctive nuggets of truth McMichael imparts in "Leadership," and whatever your walk in life, they are the foundation for making great things happen. Are you ready to experience the phenomenal results when you ask the best of yourself and those around you?
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 213 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm
"The United States Marine Corps...is built on a foundation of leadership that instills a discipline to perform under the most difficult of circumstances and environments. No one more epitomizes these qualifications than Sergeant Major Alford McMichael. Read his book, know his story. It is a life lesson on leadership." -- Dennis Swanson, president of station operations, Fox Television Stations, Inc.
."..represents the epitome of iconic leadership and competence, and his book passes along a lifetime of lessons, observations, and practices invaluable to anyone in a position of authority." -- Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO, FedEx Corporation
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