Are you looking for ways to improve your leadership skills? There are many military leadership books that can help you. By reading these books you are going to learn valuable lessons that can be applied in the business world.
We have prepared a list of military leadership books that can be a rich source of knowledge to you. Enjoy your free time with a good reading, while also getting good tips of effective leadership.
1. 8 Lessons in Military Leadership for Entrepreneurs
In this book, Robert Kiyosaki shows us how we can become better leaders by studying and applying the military leadership principles in business.
Kiyosaki learned valuable lessons during his years at the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and his service in the United States Marine Corps.
Kiyosaki explains what he learned through the training, discipline and leadership skills taught in the military and how to use them as a differential in the competitive world of business.
Some of the sections in the book are “the Power of Connectivity”, “Leaders as Teachers” and “Sales and Leadership”.
Author: Robert T. Kiyosaki
Publisher: Plata Publishing
Number of pages: 223
2. Military Leadership: In Pursuit of Excellence
Composed of a mix of contemporary and classic articles, this book offers us an analysis of the fundamental elements of military leadership.
It tells us about the relationship between leader and followers and the values that can make a good leader.
Also, in this sixth edition, the authors have inserted fresh perspectives and different points of view. They relate the military leadership principles with others leadership theories and approaches.
Authors: Robert L. Taylor, William E. Rosenbach, Erick B Rosenbach
Publisher: Routledge (6th edition)
Number of pages: 344
3. Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
Written by Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down has become a classic of war reporting. The author explains how the longest sustained firefight involving American troops since the Vietnam War went down.
In order to capture two lieutenants of a Somali warlord, elite U.S soldiers were sent on a mission in Mogadishu, Somalia, on October 3rd, 1993.
They expected the mission to last only one hour, but instead the soldiers had to face thousands of armed Somalis during an entire night.
Bowden interviewed people from both sides, analyzed several records and documents, giving a detailed narrative of the event.
The book can help us understand the procedures of a military operation and see how a leader’s actions can influence to good and bad results.
Author: Mark Bowden
Publisher: Grove Press
Number of pages: 400 pages
4. Challenge of Command: Reading for Military Excellence (West Point Military History Series)
The book Challenge of Command was written as a way to help prepare men and women to become good leaders, when in position of command in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Roger Nye uses his experience, studies and conversations with several military commanders to talk about the leaders’ responsibilities. He explains how a leader has different roles, acting as a mentor, strategist and moral leader, for example.
Although the book is directed towards military leaders, it can help any kind of leader to expand his or her vision, by knowing new perspectives and understanding how it can be used in different contexts.
Author: Roger H. Nye
Publisher: Tarcher Perigee
Number of pages: 208
5. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
The best seller author, Malcolm Gladwell, talks about the decisions that we make in an instant, “in a blink of the eye”. He explains the process of making these decisions isn’t as simple as it seems; actually, there is a lot to consider about it.
Gladwell shows us what makes great decision-makers by giving several examples of success and failure and analyzing them.
He reflects on some questions like: “Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?” and “Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error?”
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Number of pages: 288
Extra tip, a classical military leadership book: The Art of War
We couldn’t exclude from our list list one of the most famous books in the world about the study of strategy.
Written by Sun Tzu, The Art of War has not only influenced many military commanders, like Napoleon, but also many other people in different leadership positions.
Art of War was first translated by a French missionary 200 hundred years ago, since then the principles taught by Sun Tzu served as an inspiration of how to deal with all kinds of competitive situations.
Book: Art of War
Author: Sun Tzu
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Number of pages: 52
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