What Our Military Leaders are ACTUALLY Reading

Every year or so, the military services come out with their official reading list. This is often an expansive list and can contain up to 150 books, which are recommended for our military leaders. While a 150 strong reading list can be beneficial, it may be a bit too much for those just starting out on their journey of reading.
Last month, I narrowed down the list a bit. I asked ten of my closest military friends, “what is the one book that has most contributed to your leadership development? Is there a book that has impacted you and one you would recommend?” Their responses varied and covered publications from the classics to the latest mainstream. This article will list some of those books and summarize each. In no particular order, here are the books:

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Let’s “Go” Back to the Basics to Counter China

“Go” was created more than 2,500 years ago and continues to stand the test of time without change to the game’s core premise. It is an abstract strategy board game in which two players try to control more territory than their opponent using small game pieces called stones. The game may look simple at the outset with just two colors of stones and a plain grid playing board; it is anything but. This complex game of strategy has significantly more possible moves than Chess.

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The Leader’s Cultural Umbrella: Making Your People Your Top Priority

An effective leader knows how to use the corporate culture to take care of those under their charge, and when the culture clashes with the interests of those we lead, we must figure out ways to protect our people. Sometimes, this means a leader must make decisions that could cost them professionally and personally, including reaching into your pocket to make things happen.

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Tips To Create A Unit Reading List And Book Club

So, you are just graduating from professional military education and want to spread the knowledge you gained from incorporating reading into your routine? Or, you are moving to a new unit, and want to help raise the professionalism in the unit. Whatever your reasons are, anyone in any unit can help put together a unit reading list and start a unit book club.

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