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The Passion of Command: The Moral Imperative of Leadership

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Author royalties go to Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Active-duty Marine Colonel B. P. McCoy expertly relays his innermost thoughts and feelings, drawing on his mastery of personal leadership. He understands the intangibles that make up our modern-day warriors, those young Americans on whom we place so much responsibility when we send them into harm's way. Col McCoy descri ...more
Paperback, 82 pages
Published June 30th 2006 by The Marine Corps Association
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Brandon Baggett
When I picked up this book, I thought that it would be another drawn out story about a list of things that one needs to do to take charge and be in command. I was so wrong. This book does more than just guide you through the mentality of leadership. It gives great examples and explains why you need to do certain things. It draws up a simple template that McCoy used for his Marines that can easily be adapted to any combat oriented force. McCoy hits hard on the need for mastering the basics, but h ...more

I would break this book into three takeaway sections.

1) Dedication to strong performance enhancer training such as: becoming a 'master of the basics' through repetition, 'training like you play' (in full gear and high stress environments), and cohesive team-building.

2) Building real relationships with the people you are leading, so that those people want to follow you , even without being asked. As McCoy puts it:

"A commander must genuinely love his men and win their affections in return, and w
Are you a hunter or prey? The author has a number of profound statements; I wish I had a highlighter when I read this even though I have no plans to be in combat anytime soon. "The passion of a commander is equal parts love, zeal, and a quiet wrath"
The passion of the command is in the love and affection for the people and the fighters.
Vern Wolfley
This was a great primer on leadership. Mostly geared for the military, but has many cross over applications for those in business and in your personal life as well. I really liked the quote: "Do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason, and you cannot go far wrong."
Good, short read on detailing the internal and external challenges of combat leadership. McCoy starts off with a description of a battle in Iraq and then proceeds to discuss what makes a good leader and the type of sacrifices a military leader must make.
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Passion of Command is a great narrative on leadership, drawing heavily on Colonel McCoy's experience as Battalion Commander of the 3/4 in Iraq. Quality discussion on the human factors in combat.
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This book talks about what it takes to lead Marines into combat. The author draws on his personal experiences. I thought it was very well written.
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