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Ask yourself honestly, is your professional life going according to plan? If you are not developing your leadership skills, there is an essential element missing from your efforts for success. "Leading from the Front" will show you how to start leading your life rather than allowing your life to lead you. Many women have never received formal leadership training. They weren Ask yourself honestly, is your professional life going according to plan? If you are not developing your leadership skills, there is an essential element missing from your efforts for success. "Leading from the Front" will show you how to start leading your life rather than allowing your life to lead you. Many women have never received formal leadership training. They weren't taught to be decisive, commanding, and ready to take risks. But it's never too late to change. Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch weren't born leaders-they became leaders during their years in the U.S. Marine Corps, enduring some of the toughest training on earth. Now they pass the leadership know-how and experience from that training on to you. Drawing on their years as Marine Corps officers and successful private consultants, Morgan and Lynch deliver 10 key practices to becoming a powerful leader. You'll improve your decision making, focus, and performance as you learn to Set an inspiring example Think fast on your feet Stop making excuses Take care of your team (so they'll take care of you) Respond without overreacting Stay cool while dealing with crises Have the courage to achieve your goals Learn how to effectively take on any challenge that comes your way-with the confidence you need to lead like the toughest Marine, but with a woman's touch.


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Ask yourself honestly, is your professional life going according to plan? If you are not developing your leadership skills, there is an essential element missing from your efforts for success. "Leading from the Front" will show you how to start leading your life rather than allowing your life to lead you. Many women have never received formal leadership training. They weren Ask yourself honestly, is your professional life going according to plan? If you are not developing your leadership skills, there is an essential element missing from your efforts for success. "Leading from the Front" will show you how to start leading your life rather than allowing your life to lead you. Many women have never received formal leadership training. They weren't taught to be decisive, commanding, and ready to take risks. But it's never too late to change. Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch weren't born leaders-they became leaders during their years in the U.S. Marine Corps, enduring some of the toughest training on earth. Now they pass the leadership know-how and experience from that training on to you. Drawing on their years as Marine Corps officers and successful private consultants, Morgan and Lynch deliver 10 key practices to becoming a powerful leader. You'll improve your decision making, focus, and performance as you learn to Set an inspiring example Think fast on your feet Stop making excuses Take care of your team (so they'll take care of you) Respond without overreacting Stay cool while dealing with crises Have the courage to achieve your goals Learn how to effectively take on any challenge that comes your way-with the confidence you need to lead like the toughest Marine, but with a woman's touch.

30 review for Leading from the Front: No-Excuse Leadership Tactics for Women: No-Excuse Leadership Tactics for Women

  1. 4 out of 5

    Weekend Reader_

    I read this book in a work book club and it was a mix bag of like vs. pull my hair out are you kidding me. I think the strategies/recommendations of the book are no different than any other leadership book, so if you're looking for a quick read then reading this book isn't horrible. But, if you are feminist you will find the blatant gender roles and stereotypical gendering of women peppered throughout this book. For example, don't cry because women are more emotional, or women don't negotiate th I read this book in a work book club and it was a mix bag of like vs. pull my hair out are you kidding me. I think the strategies/recommendations of the book are no different than any other leadership book, so if you're looking for a quick read then reading this book isn't horrible. But, if you are feminist you will find the blatant gender roles and stereotypical gendering of women peppered throughout this book. For example, don't cry because women are more emotional, or women don't negotiate their salaries like me do. WTF. There were glimmers of maybe shit for women is harder and then a few pages later it will undo itself. At any rate I would skip this book for maybe a Brene Brown book instead.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jewel Miller

    I really enjoyed this book! Well, all but 1 chapter, but I will get to that in a moment. The authors are 2 women who became friends during officer training for the Marines. They took the lessons they learned there and applied them to life in the private sector after leaving teh military. These are the main points of their advice: 1. Meet and exceed the standards you ask from others - Lead from the front. You are more likely to be seen as a competent leader if you are also able to accomplish the f I really enjoyed this book! Well, all but 1 chapter, but I will get to that in a moment. The authors are 2 women who became friends during officer training for the Marines. They took the lessons they learned there and applied them to life in the private sector after leaving teh military. These are the main points of their advice: 1. Meet and exceed the standards you ask from others - Lead from the front. You are more likely to be seen as a competent leader if you are also able to accomplish the feats you ask of your team. 2. Make Timely decisions. Find the 80% Solutions If you wait until you have ALL of the possible data, the decision may come too late. Act when you are mostly sure of what needs to happen. 3. Take responsibility before you start to place blame Taking accountability for the results of your and your teams' actions is vital. It prevents the delay of finger-pointing and allows you to move more quickly to resolution. 4. True Leaders Devote themselves to service. Take Care of those you Lead. Being a servant leader is the best way to inspire your team to success and innovation. 5. Think before you act. Especially before you over react Your reaction should match the severity of the action. You want to react in a way that will get the best results. 6. When faced with a crisis: Aviate, Navigate, Communicate - Aviate: Keep business moving forward - Navigate: act to move through the crisis to resulotion - Communicate: Alert all concerned parties to what happened. 7. Courage + Initiative + Perseverance + Integrity = Success Keep at it and don't let yourself get discouraged or tempted to cut corners. You can do it! 8. Don't cry over something that won't cry over you. Hold you emotions in check as they could derail your teams' faith in your ability to lead. 9. Say you're sorry only when you are at fault. Do not apologize for external issues. Only apologize for what was directly your fault. 10. Always Lead as you are. You have to be your authentic self. Do not try to mimic others or change your own personality. Instead, focus on the actions to improve and use your own strengths to change them. I very much disliked the section about crying. I think showing actual emotion is a humanizing event when so many people tend to see Leadership as impersonal. Despite that one section, I did have a lot of take aways that will help me to continue to grow as a leader.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tiffanie

    Leading from the front is a book written by two former marines. It is ostensibly written by women for women, which is why I could not fathom some of the authors' phrasing choices in a book meant to inspire women specifically. There are a lot of leadership kernels within the book that one can run with. I also enjoyed the personal stories to illustrate points. From my perspective, half the book focuses on leadership and the other half is more about coming from a position of strength - by overcomin Leading from the front is a book written by two former marines. It is ostensibly written by women for women, which is why I could not fathom some of the authors' phrasing choices in a book meant to inspire women specifically. There are a lot of leadership kernels within the book that one can run with. I also enjoyed the personal stories to illustrate points. From my perspective, half the book focuses on leadership and the other half is more about coming from a position of strength - by overcoming weak, stereotypical feminine foibles to succeed in a man’s world. I sometimes took umbrage at the authors' tone, admittedly somewhat from seeing myself in some of those stereotypes (doh!), but also feeling bashed over the head with our own feminine natures. I found myself questioning their generalities and looking for data to back up their claims. Overall, a decent leadership book with some unfortunate stereotyping; fun, illustrative narratives; and useful leadership takeaways.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Raf

    This wasn’t a bad read. Both authors are female and discuss various leadership principles that they had learned both as officers in the U.S. Marine Corps and successful business leaders. While there are certainly much better leadership books out there, there were several important takeaways that I can incorporate into my life they were: 1) A good idea today is better than a great idea tomorrow. 2) Don’t ask for forgiveness unless its your fault (really got a lot out of the chapter dedicated to thi This wasn’t a bad read. Both authors are female and discuss various leadership principles that they had learned both as officers in the U.S. Marine Corps and successful business leaders. While there are certainly much better leadership books out there, there were several important takeaways that I can incorporate into my life they were: 1) A good idea today is better than a great idea tomorrow. 2) Don’t ask for forgiveness unless its your fault (really got a lot out of the chapter dedicated to this phrase. 3) Don’t cry over something that won’t cry over you. I appreciate both authors’ insights and experiences. This book is helpful for both women and men.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa K

    Accessible leadership / self-help book with good examples. “Leading from the front” used in the (positive) sense of “going to the head of the class.” Be a leader at any level by “striving to be your best at any task you undertake”; leaders as “keepers of the standards.” Their Ten Principles felt generally familiar to me. Co-authored by Brookland Dist Supervisor Courtney Lynch

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    While reading this, I also met with a group of women and shared my thoughts. I know that it helped me look at my actions a bit and put my ego aside in many situations. While there are a few parts I disagree with or feel that they could have said it better, overall the messages are clear and helpful and you can bring them to your work life or personal life.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Most of the book felt pretty condescending. They also seemed to focus on low hanging fruit, so maybe that's why it felt so condescending - I've read a lot of personal development type books and what was included in this book didn't really enlighten me. An entire chapter on not crying at work was the final straw for me. Most of the book felt pretty condescending. They also seemed to focus on low hanging fruit, so maybe that's why it felt so condescending - I've read a lot of personal development type books and what was included in this book didn't really enlighten me. An entire chapter on not crying at work was the final straw for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Good read. Enjoyed their illustrations from their time in the Corp. Some great thoughts on leadership and very easy to read. Being decisive and “not crying over something that can’t cry over you.”

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura Kulp

    Great Book on Leadership! I liked the practical information. All of this is helpful whether you are in the professional field or you have kids.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Read this book as part of a book club with my work. Enjoyed this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charmin

    HIGHLIGHTS: 1. Go with your best assessment right off the bat and move on. 2. Timely decisions are proactive; they help you move forward. Procrastinating only puts you in a reactive mode in which you give up opportunities to lead your life. 3. My taking responsibility upfront created a climate of trust so that everyone under my command felt comfortable offering suggestions for improvement without fear of sanctions. 4. Being practical can often be more productive. 5. When subordinates feel that th HIGHLIGHTS: 1. Go with your best assessment right off the bat and move on. 2. Timely decisions are proactive; they help you move forward. Procrastinating only puts you in a reactive mode in which you give up opportunities to lead your life. 3. My taking responsibility upfront created a climate of trust so that everyone under my command felt comfortable offering suggestions for improvement without fear of sanctions. 4. Being practical can often be more productive. 5. When subordinates feel that they receive no respect or loyalty from those in charge, the organization’s morale and culture are bound to suffer. 6. Coddling is about pampering and indulging; care-taking is about determining what your team needs and then helping get it for themselves so that they can perform at their best. 7. To be most effective, you need to balance the needs of others with your own needs. 8. Your reputation for being even-tempered will encourage complete disclosure. It will also attract followers. Overreacting to situations damages your credibility and reduces the confidence others have in you. Emotionality will overshadow your talents and abilities. It is an acknowledgment of responsibility, not an excuse for poor performance. 9. Spend more time suggesting solutions or ways to correct the error than apologizing for your role in causing the problem. Women often feel guilty for situations in which they have little or no involvement or responsibility. They lose sight of where their responsibility begins or ends. Feedback is more useful when you learn steps that you can take to build specific skills; it’s less valuable when you’re told to somehow alter your personality. 10. To be effective, you need to work on enhancing your strengths and improving your weaknesses.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mandi Miller

    I have read quite a few leadership books as of late and this one really stuck out as being exceptionally helpful. I don't think it says anything terribly different from other books of its kind but it's the way in which these ideas are presented that drives the points home. I love that this book is written for women by women and, because of this, it focuses on some of the issues that are unique to women in leadership roles. I have read quite a few leadership books as of late and this one really stuck out as being exceptionally helpful. I don't think it says anything terribly different from other books of its kind but it's the way in which these ideas are presented that drives the points home. I love that this book is written for women by women and, because of this, it focuses on some of the issues that are unique to women in leadership roles.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Logan

    This book provides excellent insight into the leadership qualities that are born from military training, and particularly that of the Marine Corps. The authors combine their reflections and paths to the Marines, and expound on their experiences and how those translated to civilian success. It is an inspiring read for women who have an interest in the military as well as those just looking to get ahead in the world on their own terms.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Zuzana

    I was in the library looking for the books for my plane ride, this one sounded so much out of my usual comfort zone that I decided to give it a shot. Surprisingly most of the points in the book are really relevant and even though they started from very different background than me, they seemed to come to pretty much the same conclusion. Nice read, well written and mostly: it is one of the first leadership books I can actually relate to.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    This book looked so promising but was in fact very disappointing. It focused on several leadership tips and then told related stories by two former female marines. Nothing earth-shattering. Don't let them see you cry - except in dire situations (death). Learn to speak up. Work on your strengths and weaknesses. Be yourself. Quit saying "I'm sorry." This woman leader/reader (me) is beyond these trite words of advice. Big yawn. This book looked so promising but was in fact very disappointing. It focused on several leadership tips and then told related stories by two former female marines. Nothing earth-shattering. Don't let them see you cry - except in dire situations (death). Learn to speak up. Work on your strengths and weaknesses. Be yourself. Quit saying "I'm sorry." This woman leader/reader (me) is beyond these trite words of advice. Big yawn.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Peg

    It started out great but by the end it seemed to fizzle. It wasn't so much about leadership as about women working in a men's world. I especially disliked how much time was spent of tears. It's human. Sometimes they happen. You dust yourself off and move on. It started out great but by the end it seemed to fizzle. It wasn't so much about leadership as about women working in a men's world. I especially disliked how much time was spent of tears. It's human. Sometimes they happen. You dust yourself off and move on.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maha

    يستحق قرءاة الفهرس فقط ويغلق للأبد! مضيعة للوقت لا يوجد به نصائح او استراتيجيات لأرض الواقع عدا الموجودة على الفهرس اما المتن ملي بالترهات وغالباً يتحدث عن تجربة الكاتبة في القيادة في المعسكرات والبحرية وعن تجاربها آنذاك والأمور التي مرت بها.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kassie

    If I could make this as "read" as well as give it zero stars, I would. Tactics for women who are content and feel no need to question their place as defined by men and the patriarchy is how it should read. If I could make this as "read" as well as give it zero stars, I would. Tactics for women who are content and feel no need to question their place as defined by men and the patriarchy is how it should read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This was an excellent book! It taught me a lot about leadership, and specifically about leadership as a female professional. I'm very glad that I chose this book for my required reading assignment that semester. I plan to read this again within the next few years. This was an excellent book! It taught me a lot about leadership, and specifically about leadership as a female professional. I'm very glad that I chose this book for my required reading assignment that semester. I plan to read this again within the next few years.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stela

    One of the best practical leadership books I have read, not for women only. Being able to lead as a woman in the Marines is the ultimate test on leadership and the lessons are invaluable and at the same time easy to grasp and inspiring.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amyr99

    A must read for any woman in the corporate world. Also, their weekly newsletter that I get by email is great. I look forward to reading it as soon as it's delivered mid-morning every Monday. A must read for any woman in the corporate world. Also, their weekly newsletter that I get by email is great. I look forward to reading it as soon as it's delivered mid-morning every Monday.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ragan

    This is the best leadership book I have read. Great lessons to learn.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Great book for any woman who wants to be a leader or who wants to hone their leadership skills.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Good book, had some easy to understand/apply principles about women and how to be/become a leader. It was an easy read (on the flip side it wasn't written super well, but that's OK!). Good book, had some easy to understand/apply principles about women and how to be/become a leader. It was an easy read (on the flip side it wasn't written super well, but that's OK!).

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tia

    Lots of exercises in it that I would probably benefit from, but the Library wants it back and I'm too busy to spend 3 days soul searching to determine what kind of leader I am. Lots of exercises in it that I would probably benefit from, but the Library wants it back and I'm too busy to spend 3 days soul searching to determine what kind of leader I am.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    It seemed a bit too pro military to me but I valued the lessons learned and could see how this can truly help women in leadership

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Urello

  28. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Chiu

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sonya Hopson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cari

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