[March 4, 2019] Lately, I’ve been lucky. Several books have come across my desk and landed on my reading list that I truly liked. Books that make me think, give me pause, or reinforce those valuable contributions of leaders are worthy, and their value gives me a reason to write briefly about them. “Hal” Moore was a U.S. Army Infantryman and a hero. I wrote briefly about him shortly after his passing back in 2017 (link here). Hal Moore inspired me as a leader and, through his actions and written word, gave me a better understanding of leadership was about for the modern individual. This book was in part written by him and was an unfinished manuscript. His family and author Mike Guardia undertook a great task by taking the ideas of Moore and distilled them into this book. Along with Lt Gen Hal Moore’s book “We Were Soldiers Once … And Young,” we can get a better picture of this man’s thinking and thus his ability to succeed where so many failed. If you decide to read this book, you will enjoy it. I hope as much as I did.
Hal Moore on Leadership: Winning When Outgunned and Outmanned, Hal Moore and Mike Guardia, 2017.
Hal Moore never left a soldier behind. And so begins the basic leader philosophy that represents the military career of one of its most famous soldiers. The book is neither filled with platitudes or boring lectures. It is a very personal journey across the life of a U.S. Army officer and the leadership lessons he learned (and relearned) in each phase of his life. This book is a practical treatise on leading under great stress. Mike Guardia has done a good job of putting together Hal Moore’s’ “lessons learned” and creating a book worthy of this great man.
In Chapter One, Hal Moore lays out his four basic principles of leadership: 1) three strikes and you’re not out, 2) there’s always one more thing you can do to influence any situation in your favor, and after that one more thing, 3) when nothing is wrong, there’s nothing wrong – except there’s nothing wrong, that’s when a leader has to be the most alert, and 4) trust your instincts. He developed these four principles over his lifetime and successfully applied them; noting that these apply to both the battlefield, the boardroom, and the home. Of these principles, the one that struck me the most valuable was the last one; trust your instincts. Instinct is the product of one’s personality, experience, reading, and education. When seconds count, instincts and decisiveness come into play.
Overall, another exceptional book and highly recommended.
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