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7 Leadership Lessons of D-Day

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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.

Table of Contents

Preface: Why Leadership Matters

Introduction: The Road to the Longest Day

Making the Decision: Eisenhower
The Paratroopers: Hang Tough!
Rangers Lead the Way
Tanks on Omaha Beach
Rough Rider on Utah Beach
Before the Sun Rises: The Widowmakers
The Alamo of Normandy
Earn This


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Hardback Editions

September 2017 : USA Hardback

Title: 7 Leadership Lessons of D-Day: Lessons from the Longest Day - June 6, 1944
Author(s): Col John F Antal (Ret)
ISBN: 1-61200-529-2 / 978-1-61200-529-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Casemate
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Kindle Editions

August 2017 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: 7 Leadership Lessons of D-Day: Lessons from the Longest Day - June 6, 1944
Author(s): John Antal
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
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