Baron von Steuben (1794)
"Backpack to Rucksack - Insight into Leadership and Resilience by Military Experts" is a powerful book that offers practical and actionable guidance on leadership and resilience from the perspective of military experts. Drawing on his extensive knowledge and experiences, the author provides valuable insights and relatable anecdotes that make the concepts accessible and applicable to a wide range of readers.
The book emphasizes the importance of leadership in various contexts, from the military to corporate settings, and provides practical tips and real-world examples that can be implemented in everyday life. The author's conversational writing style is engaging and motivational, making the book an enjoyable and inspiring read.
One of the book's standout features is its emphasis on resilience. The author highlights the significance of resilience in the face of challenges and provides strategies for developing mental toughness, adaptability, and self-care. He also delves into the psychological and emotional aspects of resilience, offering practical tools for bouncing back from setbacks and thriving in the face of adversity.
The book's organization and structure are commendable, with clear headings, subheadings, and reflection questions that facilitate easy navigation and deeper understanding of the material. The author also shares diverse perspectives from different military backgrounds, adding depth and complexity to the discussions on leadership and resilience.
Overall, "Backpack to Rucksack" is a captivating and insightful book that offers practical guidance on leadership and resilience. Its relatable anecdotes, actionable advice, and diverse perspectives make it a valuable resource for leaders and individuals seeking to enhance their leadership skills and cultivate resilience in the face of challenges.
“Keep your mouth shut and never tell people how great you are at anything. Simply show them through your work ethic. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself rubbing elbows alongside like-minded brothers. Stay humble and focus on putting out as hard as you can. Success will come eventually.”
“We have cool jobs and some exciting training exercises, but regardless of the hype, we are regular people like anyone else. That’s where our value comes from, not from our job.”
“Command climate dictates how good or bad your job will be, period, full stop. Good leadership will increase morale, and the job will be fun. Bad leadership does the opposite, and unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to change it other than stay motivated and wait it out.”
“You're going to get stressed and forget who you are during military training pipelines. It’s totally normal. Remind yourself who you are, because nobody can take those qualities away.”
“Relay the reality on the ground. If a leader tells you they’ll dictate exactly how to win a battle during training, ask them what happens when they get removed from the real fight.” (Speak Up)
“It’s never too late to pursue goals and dreams, so don’t get discouraged by comparing yourself to others. You’ll be able to do anything you set your mind to. Go for it!”
“Some people pretend to be tough by putting others down because they feel like they’re superior. That pisses me off. I’ve had to beat guys up for doing that when they refused to stop after I warned them. It takes a lot to make me angry because I’ve got a long fuse, but when that fuse burns down, it’s a big explosion.”
“If you say you are going to do something, do it. Don’t keep talking about it.”
“When you walk in through your front door, take your cape off. Don’t pull rank at home. Forcefully demanding respect from family leads to instability and resentment in the home. I had to learn that before it ruined my marriage.
“Respect NCOs when you arrive at your unit, and they’ll go out of their way to make you successful. They’ll especially like that you are older because you’ll be around their age, so you probably have an easier time understanding each other. If you treat them disrespectfully, like you know everything because you’re an officer, they will stand by and watch you fail. New officers don’t know anything yet.”
“Steady your pace. The big picture is overwhelming and will make you rush. Get from one small goal to the next. Hit 50-meter targets before 300-meter targets. Trying to do too much at once gets people washed out.”
“Never let politics discourage you from being a genuinely good person. The military is a people business built on relationships. Treat others well and avoid getting caught up in power games.”
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