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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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Jan 21, 2017 November Bravo rated it really liked it
Seems boring, simple, and rehashed stuff over and over in professional development and leadership courses but puts it into a good format and is pretty short.
Jul 03, 2015 Elias rated it it was amazing
The Passion of Command: The Moral Imperative of Leadership is a concise and acute monograph on leadership. Lt. Col. Bryan P. McCoy, now Col. (Ret.), was the CO of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines (3/4) in 2003 during Operations Iraqi Freedom, at which time they were the first Marine unit to enter Baghdad, and Vigilant Resolve in 2004 where they participated in First Fallujah.

Much of the book is devoted to his training doctrine and methodology in preparing 3/4 for deployment. He emphasizes the importa
Brandon Baggett
Apr 07, 2012 Brandon Baggett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marine-corp
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
Dec 07, 2012 Jason rated it liked it
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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
Austin Carroll Keeley
Note to self: read this at least once a year.

"Passion of Command" is the most demanding and insightful books on combat leadership that I've read to date. Colonel McCoy's battalion's success is evidence of the strength of the methods put forth in the book. It presents clear, no-nonsense training standards and challenges the young officer to live up to its high standard. Most importantly, the book recognizes that proper command is a moral imperative. Preparation is never done and learning cannot c
Jul 01, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it
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"
Vern Wolfley
Jan 13, 2011 Vern Wolfley rated it really liked it
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."
Aug 02, 2012 Greg rated it really liked it
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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