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Robert E. Lee on leadership : executive lessons in character, courage, and vision
Crocker, H. W.
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Rocklin, CA : Prima Pub., 1999.
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248 pages ; 23 cm
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E467.1.L4 C8 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Robert E. Lee was a leader for the ages. The man heralded by Winston Churchill as "one of the noblest Americans who ever lived" inspired an out-manned, out-gunned army to achieve greatness on the battlefield. He was a brilliant strategist and a man of unyielding courage who, in the face of insurmountable odds, nearly changed forever the course of history. "A masterpiece--the best work of its kind I have ever read. Crocker's Lee is a Lee for all leaders to study; and to work, quite deliberately, to emulate." -- Major General Josiah Bunting III, superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute In this remarkable book, you'll learn the keys to Lee's greatness as a man and a leader. You'll find a general whose standards for personal excellence was second to none, whose leadership was founded on the highest moral principles, and whose character was made of steel. You'll see how he remade a rag-tag bunch of men into one of the most impressive fighting forces history has ever known. You'll also discover other sides of Lee--the businessman who inherited the debt-ridden Arlington plantation and streamlined its operations, the teacher who took a backwater college and made it into a prestigious university, and the motivator who inspired those he led to achieve more than they ever dreamed possible. Each chapter concludes with the extraordinary lessons learned, which can be applied not only to your professional life, but also to your private life as well. Today's business world requires leaders of uncommon excellence who can overcome the cold brutality of constant change. Robert E. Lee was such a leader. He triumphed over challenges people in business face every day. Guided by his magnificent example, so can you.

Author Notes

H. W. Crocker III, a longtime student of Robert E. Lee, is the executive editor of Regnery Publishing, Inc., consulting editor for Eagle Book Clubs, and former speechwriter for the governor of California. He serves on the board of the Southern Military Institute, writes a column on Civil War books for Southern Partisan magazine, and has written on military history for National Review, American Spectator, and other publications. He lives in northern Virginia.

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General Lee eluded the Union army for three years and cunningly thwarted his foe by applying successful leadership and military acumen, winning many battles but losing the war. However, his reputation and legacy remain intact, suggesting leadership principles that could successfully be applied today. In very readable prose, Crocker, an executive editor at Regency Publishing and author of articles in the National Review, American Spectator, and Human Events, reviews Lee's career not only in the military but as a farmer and college president (the school now known as Washington and Lee University). At the end of each chapter, he provides a section called "Lee's Lessons"Äleadership principles based on Lee's Christian lifestyle, his education (at West Point), and his character. Thought-provoking ideas for today's present and future leaders; for business collections and larger public libraries.ÄSteven J. Mayover, Free Lib. of Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Grey Foxp. 1
Chapter 1 Understanding Leep. 9
Chapter 2 Apprenticeship in Mexicop. 29
Chapter 3 Lee, the Businessmanp. 39
Chapter 4 Lee, the Strategistp. 47
Chapter 5 Lee's Warp. 67
Chapter 6 The High Tide of Lee's Confederacyp. 87
Chapter 7 Gettysburgp. 103
Chapter 8 Lee Versus Grantp. 125
Chapter 9 Hanging Onp. 143
Chapter 10 Lee, the Teacherp. 163
Chapter 11 The Marble Manp. 187
Appendix: Lee's Lieutenants--Stonewall Jackson, A. P. Hill, Jeb Stuart, James Longstreetp. 199
Select, Critical Bibliographyp. 233
Indexp. 239