Lead Like a Marine: Run Towards a Challenge, Assemble Your Fireteam, and Win Your Next Battle (Hardcover)
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A NATIONAL BESTSELLER
The U.S. Marines Corps is the greatest fighting force on the planet, but it’s so much more than that: it’s a factory for producing first-rate leaders, problem-solvers, and innovators.
In 2006, John Warren and John Thompson led Marines into combat in the world’s most dangerous city: Ramadi, Iraq. But when they got home, employers didn’t understand what they had to offer. Undeterred, they founded their own specialty mortgage company, growing it from scratch into a national powerhouse over the course of a decade.
When the two decorated veterans applied the values and training of the U.S. Marine Corps to build a thriving business, they defied corporate America’s expectations. That’s because they realized that, far from producing mindless drones, the Corps trains its warriors in adaptability, initiative, and courage—ideal traits for anyone in leadership.
In Lead Like a Marine, Warren and Thompson lay out the simple, universal rules that helped them succeed, from valuing grit and potential over pedigree, to condensing large groups into resilient “fireteams,” to cross-training team members so that anyone can step up to the plate in a crisis. While the corporate world is mired in maintaining the status quo, respecting status, and flattering ego, Warren and Thompson stripped away the fat that prevents organizations from innovating and excelling.
Full of smart, actionable advice, gripping combat stories, and entrepreneurial lessons, this book will give you the tools and the training you need to truly lead like a Marine.
USMC Captain John Warren is a former Marine infantry officer and successful entrepreneur. He is the cofounder and former CEO of Lima One Capital. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with his wife, Courtney, and three children.
USMC Master Sergeant John Thompson, Ret., is the cofounder and former COO of Lima One. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with his wife, Sandy, and has two grown children.
"A clear, clever, crisp narrative that pulls together combat and business experiences. The leadership lessons are told in stand-alone stories that draw the reader in and remain afterward. An honest, direct, and memorable book, written in a compelling style that makes the pages fly by.” — Bing West
"In Lead Like a Marine, Warren and Thompson show with clarity how to apply common sense and team building learned in the Marine Corps in running a successful business. This has been my experience through a life in combat, command, and entrepreneurship. I highly recommend this book to all seeking to contribute to American prosperity.” — Oliver North