Posted on Feb 15, 2018
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And how have these books helped? Looking to just get a discussion going of the best leadership books that you have read throughout your time in service! They can be technicial, historical, or modern. Any branch, any rank. This may even help out someone else looking to read something new. You know the saying: LEADERS ARE READERS.

Here are several that I've read that I felt were really good.

McChrystal, Stanley A. My Share of the Task: A Memoir. New York: Portfolio/Penguin, 2014.

Myrer, Anton, and Carlo DEste. Once an Eagle: A Novel. New York: Harper Perennial, 2013.

Caravella, Frank J. Guidebook for the Young Officer: Updated for Leaders of the 21st Century. Madison, AL: Mentor Enterprises, Inc., 2011.

Allen, Nate, and Tony Burgess. Taking the Guidon: Exceptional Leadership at the Company Level. Delaware: The Center for Co.-Level Leadership, 2001.
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Col Joseph Lenertz
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I also love "Once an Eagle" and "Starship Troopers". For a more strategic look, try "Lincoln on Leadership".
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A1C Ian Williams
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Yes, sir Col Joseph Lenertz I enjoyed Starship Troopers as well.
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Lt. I am not sure where to start. I do not remember the authors to most of the books.
Leadership and Self-deception.
Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein
Small Unit Tactics for Platoon Leaders
Learning to Eat Soup with a knife - Jon Nagl
The Accidental Guerrilla (and others; including the 29 points) - David Killcullen
The Three Volume Box Set of Calvin and Hobbes
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SSG Carlos M.
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I second Killcullen and Nagl
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SMSgt Keith Klug
SMSgt Keith Klug
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No one can beat Calvin and Hobbes
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Military installations sometimes post a "Commanding General's reading list." I found that after I immersed myself in different books, the references told me what to look for and sometimes where to look for them. You'd be surprised what you find at Barnes and Noble and many other second hand book sellers on your down time.
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PO3 Phyllis Maynard
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My life revolves around my civilian atmosphere these days. But, it was recommended many years ago that I read 'Made in America by Sam Walton'. It was well worth it. Small town poor boy starts as a janitor in a retail store, buys the establishment, makes a legacy for his children, and call it Walmart. CPT (Join to see) I read by your post several times before I responded. Then I decided this book did have a place among the core values of good leadership.
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PO3 Phyllis Maynard Well then I'm glad you commented and didn't just scroll on by! I'll definitely have to check it out!
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