7 Leadership Lessons of D-Day

7 Leadership Lessons of D-Day : Lessons from the Longest Day-June 6, 1944

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The odds were against the Allies on June 6, 1944. The task ahead of the paratroopers who jumped over Normandy and the soldiers who waded ashore onto the beaches, all under fire, was colossal. In such circumstances good leadership can be the defining factor in victory or defeat. This book is about the extraordinary leadership of seven men who led American soldiers on D-Day and the days that followed. Some of them, like Eisenhower, Theodore Roosevelt Jr, and Lieutenant Dick Winters, are well known while others are barely a footnote in the history books.

All of them made a dramatic difference during Operation Overlord. All understood that they had a mission to accomplish and that if they failed to lead that mission would fail and more men would die. When things did not go as planned, they took action, adapted and overcame - they were leaders. Leadership was the only ingredient that would get them through the storm of death surrounding them and their men.

This book is not a full history of D-Day, nor does it cover the heroic leadership shown by men in the armies of the Allies or members of the French Resistance who also participated in the Normandy assault and battles for the lodgment areas. It is, however, a primer on how you can lead today, no matter what your occupation or role in life, by learning from the leadership of these seven.
A critical task for every leader is to understand what leadership is. Socrates once said that you cannot understand something unless you can first define it in your own words. This book provides the reader with a means to define leadership by telling seven dramatic, immersive and memorable stories that the reader will never forget.
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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • United States
  • English
  • 35
  • 1612005292
  • 9781612005294
  • 1,323,639

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Colonel John Antal has chosen to analyze some of the most remarkable moments of truth that Americans confronted during the Normandy invasion. From Omaha Beach and Utah Beach, to the Drop Zones and Landing Zones, he has profiled some of the most important lessons learned from the battle that changed the course of the war to liberate Europe. * Martin K.A. Morgan, Historian and Author * A fascinating insight into the history of D-Day. * The American Magazine *
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About John Antal

Colonel John Antal, U.S. Army (Ret.), is the author of a dozen books on military and leadership subjects With thirty years of army service, he commanded at all levels from platoon to regiment. A West Point graduate, he currently serves as the Director of Leadership Programs for the North Texas Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA).
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