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

By Ann Dunwoody

On June 23, 2008, President George W. Bush nominated Ann Dunwoody as a four-star normal within the US Army—the first time a girl had ever completed that rank. the scoop generated pleasure worldwide. Now retired after approximately 4 many years within the military, Dunwoody stocks what she realized alongside the way in which, from her first command best a hundred infantrymen to her ultimate project, during which she led a $60 billion firm of over 69,000 staff, together with the Army's worldwide offer chain in help of Iraq and Afghanistan.

What used to be the motive force in the back of Dunwoody's good fortune? whereas her expertise as a logistician and her empathy in facing fellow squaddies helped her upward push in the course of the ranks, Dunwoody additionally learned that real leaders by no means cease studying, refining, transforming into, and adapting. In A greater Standard, Dunwoody information her evolution as a soldier and divulges the middle management ideas that helped her in attaining her historical appointment. Dunwoody's concepts are appropriate to any chief, regardless of the dimensions or scope of the association. They contain classes equivalent to "Never stroll by means of a Mistake," a mandate to acknowledge while anything is inaccurate, tremendous or small, and to carry humans dependable. not just can this keep billions for undefined, it can
sometimes store the lives of infantrymen and electorate. She additionally advises that "Leaders will not be Invincible—Don't attempt to Be": to be our greatest, we need to recognize our worst. and she or he encourages readers to "Leverage the ability of variety" by way of developing groups of individuals from various backgrounds to supply a large diversity of principles and devise the best-informed decisions.

With those and different guiding ideas, A better Standard bargains sensible, tactical suggestion that everybody can use to guide and accomplish with greatest success.

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I used to be stunned. i used to be operating at domestic within the night and referred to as Craig in to return examine the email. normal Schoomaker, the manager of employees of the military, desired to nominate me for a three-star place at the Joint employees, a prestigious workforce representing the entire army companies that helps the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of employees. there have been already numerous nominees, and percentages have been slender I’d get the appointment, yet normal Schoomaker desired to commence floating my identify round and placed me within the combine.

Faulkner. She inspired me to excel in teachers and activities. “Ladies, you will be shrewdpermanent and athletic,” she might consistently inform the ladies within the classification. a lot of my earliest stories concerned activities. I regularly played—kickball, tetherball, stay clear of ball . . . something. i used to be a activities omnivore. again in these days we had the once a year President’s health Awards software all started by means of President Kennedy. Bar hold, fifty-yard sprint, softball throw, pushups, and situps. It was once a mini-Army PT try. should you excelled, you were given a patch. I earned one each year.

Its baptism in clash got here in the course of the Cuban Missile difficulty simply months after it used to be based on August 1, 1962. This was once a severe time in US background, and we actually have been on the point of nuclear battle. the first actual pictures of the Soviet missiles in Cuba have been built in a development on Redstone Arsenal, correct around the road from the recent AMC headquarters we had simply opened, earlier than they have been despatched to President Kennedy on the White condo. AMC used to be liable for relocating resources to Florida in keeping with the situation of Soviet missiles in Cuba.

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Because the commander of military Sustainment Command, she produced an lively video that supplied an easy yet compelling rationalization of why the military had to consolidate our provide actions and determine AMC because the lead materiel integrator (LMI). It was once very strong, and it labored. With every one of those strikes i'd regularly name Pat and inform her what the military had in brain for her and get her options. She was once constantly confident and continually prepared for the subsequent problem. the hardest cellphone name I had along with her was once whilst she used to be polishing off her two-star command in Germany.

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