Lead Like Ike

Gen Dwight Eisenhower was the guy in charge of D-Day  – the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces landing on the shores of Normandy that marked the beginning of the end of World War II. In “Lead Like Ike,” Geoff Loftus writes a historical look at how Ike faced the challenges of history’s largest mobilization of man and materiel. From the example of Eisenhower Loftus draws ten strategies that can be applied to most any leadership role, even if your title isn’t “Supreme Commander” or you aren’t leading hundreds of thousands of people from several nations!

It took me a while to get past the references of Eisenhower as CEO of D-Day, Inc. It is a clever literary device that seeks to be consistent with drawing leadership strategies for business leaders from a military example, but the battles of D-Day were the life-and-death kind and very, very few of the battles faced by today’s business leaders rise to that level. To his credit, Loftus recognizes this distinction and properly honors the sacrifice made by tens of thousands of soldiers on hundreds of battlefields throughout N. Africa, the Pacific, and Europe.

In this well-written book you are going to find strategies that you can put to immediate use in your work or ministry. Whether you are a CEO leading a company or non-profit, or a second-chair leader that works with dozens of volunteers like I do, you will find practical advice on improving the effectiveness of your leadership. At the very least, you will discover a real American hero in Dwight David Eisenhower that may inspire you to give your best to your organization. For me, No. 9 – Avoid Project Creep, was a real wake-up call to manage the projects to completion without being distracted by last-minute good ideas that don’t help complete the vision of the project we are working on.

The Ten Strategies are:

1. Determine Your Mission

2. Plan For Success

3. Stay Focused

4. Prioritize

5. Plan to Implement

6. Communicate

7. Motivate Your People

8. Manage Your People

9. Avoid Project Creep

10. Be Honest

I would be interested to hear from you (once you read “Lead Like Ike”) which of the Ten Strategies you find most helpful. You can order your copy of Lead Like Ike at Amazon.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Review Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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