Robert E. Lee scholar H. W. Crocker III is an esteemed Civil War historian. Skillfully summarizing Lee's life, Crocker clearly extracts leadership lessons from the storied career of the South's beloved leader and applies them to today's business world. Under General Lee's management, a rag-tag army of poor farmers-vastly outnumbered, outgunned, under-supplied, and under-fed-consistently routed Union troops. Brilliantly seizing strategic opportunities, Lee stunned his foes and inspired his soldiers. He was decisive, focused, and humble. Sharing his men's hardships, Lee spoke often with them and earned their loyalty. He found trusted subordinates who shared his vision, gave them broad instructions, and turned them loose. He didn't micromanage or belittle. Taking blame for failure, he was lavish in praise and charitable in criticism. Revered by his men, respected by his opponents, and universally recognized as a Christian gentleman, Robert E. Lee practiced-on plantation, battlefield, and campus-effective management principles. For those seeking leadership excellence, this practical work is absolutely essential. "A masterpiece-the best work of its kind I have ever read."-Major General Josiah Bunting III, superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute
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by Kenneth L. Fisher
by H.W. Crocker, III
by Michael Dirda
by Edward O. Wilson
by Paul Downs
by Kenneth Weisbrode
by Rosalyn Schanzer
by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge
by Ivan Doig
"A majestically written account explains how the Civil War general summoned courage against the odds, inspired thousands to fight for their independence, and used his confidence and example to draw out the best from his troops. Summarizing Lee's leadership principles at the end of each chapter, Crocker recognizes Lee's genius with military strategy but is even more impressed with his ability to understand the human element--how Lee sized up his leaders, treated them like family, and developed their talents and character. Jonathan Hogan's pacing and enunciation are exceptionally effective. More impressive is his obvious resonance with the pathos and depth of Lee's epic life story, which he enfolds as if it's his own. Hogan makes this multidimensional figure and his leadership principles even more memorable. T.W. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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