“You may not see yourself as a leader, but if you are a parent with a child needing to be equipped to succeed in this dynamic world, you are a leader. If coworkers are coming to you for advice and direction on how to do things at work, you are a leader. You may not have the title, but you are a leader.
If you are entrusted with the education of students, you are a leader. If you have one employee relying on your lead, you are a leader. If you are a grandparent and you have grandchildren observing your every move, you are a leader. If you are a counselor helping a struggling person break an addiction, you are a leader. If you aspire to make a meaningful impact on the world, you are a leader. …
I wrote this book for leaders like you who want to succeed in life. Leaders want to win. Winning in life is to be successful—successful in your marriage, your family, your career, your business, your nonprofit foundation—all while forming deeper relationships with friends and family. You also want to be loved, to be accepted, and valued by others. You want a meaningful life.
I want to share what I believe are the foundational principles that catapult massive success in all these pursuits. I want to share thirty-three powerful stories and leadership lessons that shaped my leadership style, and my journey to win in life. My task as your mentor is to illustrate for you how you can apply what I learned as you enjoy my storytelling.”
~ Mike Manazir from Learn How to Lead to Win
Mike Manazir (“Muh-naw-zur”) is a Retired US Navy Admiral and Top Gun Fighter Pilot.
I got this book on the recommendation of a new, dear friend who happens to be a Commanding Officer in the US military (and a Heroic Coach). My friend recommended Jim Mattis’s book on leadership (Call Sign Chaos) and that book was so good that I asked him what *other* books on leadership he’d recommend. He immediately told me about this one. I immediately got it.
Manazir was one of his cherished mentors. After reading this great book, I can see why.
The book is, as you’d expect from the title, all about helping us learn how to lead to win. It’s part memoir, part leadership manual—featuring 33 powerful stories from Admiral Manazir’s life and the lessons he gained along the way. (Get a copy here.)
It reminds me of another memoir by another Navy Admiral I admire: Admiral William McRaven’s Sea Stories. In fact, as I type that, I realize that this book is kinda like a hybrid of McRaven’s memoir AND his latest book called The Hero Code. Mash those two books up and swap out the SEAL stories for a Top Gun Fighter Pilot’s and voilà—you get this book.
As you’d expect, the book is PACKED with Big Ideas. I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!
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