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No Excuse Leadership : Lessons from the U.S. Army's Elite Rangers

Brace E. Barber

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Format: Hardcover, 304pp.
ISBN: 9780471488033
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Pub. Date: December 2003

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U.S. Army Rangers earn their reputation every day for bravery, leadership, and sacrifice in combat. Extraordinary warriors from the time of the Dieppe raid and the D-Day invasion to today in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Rangers willingly accept the most dangerous missions of any conflict. They are tough, they are fearless, and each and every one is a true leader.

Ranger School forces its graduates to excel under extreme conditions, persevere despite seemingly impossible odds, and develop the mental toughness to succeed at any cost. Those characteristics separate the greatest leaders from everyone else--in both business and in warfare. In No Excuse Leadership, entrepreneur and former Ranger Brace Barber shares the leadership skills and lessons all Ranger School alumni learn. Use these lessons to make yourself a better business leader and reap the rewards of higher morale, improved efficiency, and success in the face of adversity.

Every organization needs good leadership in order to win against the competition. Through his own personal story and those of nine other Rangers, Barber illuminates fundamental lessons about what it really takes to win. These first-person accounts of trial and triumph highlight the importance and the inherent truth of the Army’s most fundamental leadership principles: seeking and taking responsibility for your actions, and knowing yourself and seeking self-improvement. Adhering to those principles--and putting them at the core of your organization--will push you and your company to do more and do it better.

When chaos and trouble reign--when it would be far easier to give up than to keep going--No Excuse Leadership shows you the kind of person you have to be to succeed. For leaders who expect more from themselves and their organizations, this book offers the proven principles and winning attitudes that lead to long-term profit and prosperity.


"A great read. Brace Barber was a superb leader, Ranger, and great American. I was proud to serve with him. This book is a must on every Ranger or those who wish to be’s . . . coffee table."
—Colonel David Hunt Fox News Military Analyst

"A great book, designed to demonstrate how one can achieve the mental toughness to succeed . . . no matter what the adversity."
—J. D. Lock coauthor of To Fight with Intrepidity: The Complete History of the U.S. Army Rangers, 1622 to Present and author of The Coveted Black and Gold

"I thoroughly enjoyed it. Matter of fact: had a tough time putting it down."
—Hazen L. Baron COL, Infantry, Commander, Ranger Training Brigade

"A terrific, hard-hitting book on leadership!"
—Christopher D. Kolenda editor and coauthor of Leadership: The Warrior’s Art

"An excellent book for young people wishing to expand their horizons and tap their potential. As a former soldier, I highly recommend this book for those wishing to push farther and harder than their peers."
—Michael Yon author of Danger Close

"The challenging demands of U.S. Army Ranger School training as well as the resulting career and lifetime benefits that accrue to those who have the heart and courage to persevere are vividly recounted in this enlightening and very motivating book."
—USMC Major General (Ret.) Ted Hopgood Commandant, Corps of Cadets, Texas A&M University

"I would place it on the recommended reading list for those going to Ranger School and those looking for a study in leadership. It is about life--setting high goals and then pushing yourself to the limit and beyond to achieve those goals."
—Colonel Thomas H. Aldrich Professor of Military Science, Norwich University

"If your desire is to understand the dynamics of how one goes about leading and succeeding in difficult circumstances, this could be the book for you."
—CPT Russell Perkins Military Instructor, North Georgia Military College

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About the Author

Brace E. Barber (Colorado Springs, CO) is a graduate of West Point and the U.S. Army’s Airborne and Ranger Schools. He has served in the military around the world, including near the Korean demilitarized zone. Using the organization and leadership skills he learned in the military, he cofounded, and currently serves as president of, two companies, Tax Recovery Group, Inc., a national consulting firm, and The Tax Firm, Inc.

Table of Contents
Forward by BG (Ret) David Grange
About the Author
1Brace Barber—Rangers are Persistent
2Eric Faulkner—Rangers are Focused
3Lance Bagley—Rangers are Honest
4Eric Werner—Rangers are Selfless
5John Hutt—Rangers are Confident
6David Stockwell—Rangers are Instinctual
7Steve Adams—Rangers are Determined
8Mark Chandler—Rangers are Driven
9Scott Sharp—Rangers are Dutiful
10Robert 'Tex' Turner—Rangers are Humble
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