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Leadership: 50 Points of Wisdom for Today's Leaders [Hardcover]

General Rick Hillier
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Oct. 15 2010

General Rick Hillier’s views on leadership evolved over histhree decades as a soldier, first by watching many of hissuperiors make bad decisions, then by learning from the schoolof hard knocks as the head of emergency rescue operations inCanada and international task forces in eastern Europe andAfghanistan. Never one to be shy with his opinions, Hillier isas frank and straightforward in Leadership as he is inhis #1 bestselling memoir, A Soldier First.

For Hillier, leadership is all about people -- embracingthose in your charge and winning over those you need to workwith -- not about risk aversion or management fads. Leadersthink long, and have a vision. Their actions speak, not theirwords, and they make their own luck. But leaders also act out ofmoral courage, accept failure, take advantage of crisis and areperpetually optimistic.

Leadership is an inspirational, easy-to-read and, intrue Hillier fashion, always entertaining collection of principlesthat will challenge the way you run your business, start a projector take that next step in life.

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GENERAL RICK HILLIER enlisted in the Canadian Forces in1973 and in May 2003 was appointed Commander of the Army.In February 2005, he was promoted to Chief of the DefenceStaff; he stepped down in the summer of 2008. The author ofthe #1 bestseller A Soldier First, Hillier resides in Ottawa.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read Feb. 19 2011
Canadians especially are going to enjoy this read. It's not high-brow like something from Harvard Business School. This is an anecdotal, conversational exploration into the leadership traits that Retired General Hillier developed during his military career.

He does take the traits learned to a broader level, yet maintains an Every Man's common sense guide to managing the people within organizations. Read a single chapter in a book store and you'll see what General Hillier is about and you'll likely find yourself still holding this book at the checkout counter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Jan. 24 2011
By Lorna
General (ret'd) Rick Hillier writes a practical book on the positive aspects of good leadership. This is an essential book for everyone's library and book shelf whether one wants to know what leadership is all about or one who wants to know how to develop their own leadership skills. General (ret'd) Hillier brings his knowledge of leadership from the CF and translates that to everyday leadership opportunities. This is one of the few books on leadership that stresses to pass on values to those who are younger. At any age, one can develop leadership skills through experience of leading. This is also one of the few books on leadership that is practical. So, grab seven of your best friends and go volunteer at a non-profit organization. Learn from your experience, learn from your pitfalls, find out what you value and what values need to be passed on to others in order to develop leadership skills in all those you meet. While you are volunteering in non-profit organizations, observe who are the leaders. Learn from those who are awesome leaders right now. This develops skills that will be with you through your life. Thank you General (ret'd) Hillier for writing such a positive uplifting book on 50 points of wisdom for today's leaders.
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