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Editorial Reviews

Based on the thrilling real-life experience of a combat-hardened soldier and commander, Leadership and Training for the Fight is a detailed and informative collection of advice, useful for anyone interested in better understanding the type of leadership required for combat and noncombat scenarios alike. Pete Larkin performs Howe's words with aplomb. Though this book is filled with valuable lessons, it is also packed with exciting firsthand accounts of combat. Larkin's distinguished voice acting relates the full gravity and danger of each of these moments.

Publisher's Summary

Tested and effective leadership and teaching advice based on riveting combat stories from a Special Operations veteran.

In Leadership and Training for the Fight, MSG Paul R. Howe, U.S. Army Retired, shares ideas on leadership that he has developed through extensive combat experience. Howe tells riveting stories of military operations and analyzes leadership concepts. He also gives advice on how to understand students and how to refine your teaching methods. Written with the unique insight of a Special Operations soldier, this book is the perfect guide for anyone interested in improving leadership skills in civilian or military situations.

©2011 Paul R. Howe (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Ben
  • 18-10-2021

Definitely a good listen

some interesting points, relevant experience and easy to follow narration made for a very informative time.

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Very upfront and to the point as the title implies

Excellent content mix of lessons and stories, would read the book for the combat stories alone. Although the narrator was quite robotic I dont feel that it detracted from the book.

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  • Sheepdog627
  • 21-01-2015

Tactical Training - must read

This book will not be for everyone. If you are in law-enforcement, and particularly if you are on a tactical team, this is an absolute must read. For others who are simply interested in leadership training, this book may be a bit laborious to work through. As a member of a SWAT team and holding a leadership position with my law-enforcement agency I was very happy with this purchase.

This book may also be of interest to those civilians with a passion for firearms and tactical training.

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  • J
  • 03-03-2017

Congratulations on your assignment, SWAT Team Ldr

This is not a book. This is a manual that may assist SWAT Team Leaders, military operators with tactical training responsibilities, law enforcent firearms instructors, and Police Department leadership teams in developing and evaluating training programs and lesson plans.

Despite the marketing that led me to try the book, there are very few - to possibly zero, depending on your job - parallel applicable lessons or nuggets that anyone in the professional world will find useful or interesting. I was hoping for general leadership principles and insights that would apply to my current management assignment of a non-tactical military unit and I was disappointed.

In fact, as a police officer, military reserve member, and SWAT Team member myself, I found the material contained herein barely applicable to my own duties. I am not a tactical trainer or instructor and, at most, I gained some insight into how our instructor teams prepare lesson plans and why they conduct our range training in the way that they do.

I almost returned this book a half dozen times. I now wish that I had. I kept waiting for it to pivot, but it never happened and the author kept repeating the same points until I just about shelved it and gave up. I felt too guilty to return a book I came withing an hour or so of finishing.

This is a copy and paste of a tactical trainer's continuity binder with footnotes and commentary, more or less. If that's what you need, buy it now.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-2016

Paul Howe is a true leader and motivator.

If you want to perform better, push yourself harder, or lead people from the front this is the book for you. Paul Howe spent most of his life in our nations top special forces unit where selection was never ending. The amount of discipline, dedication, and determination these individuals have is astonishing. In this book Paul Howe very simplistically and methodically outlines the leadership process he gained from the military and then later perfected at his training school in Texas. Though it is geared for LE or military crowds, the lessons inside can be applied to every profession and for any leadership role. Simply put you will not regret buying this book.

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  • raz
  • 03-05-2016

must read for every person serving this country

must read for every person serving this country either military or law enforcement.
former IDF NCO
Current U.S service member

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  • Dr. A. B. ONEILL
  • 02-06-2015

Excellent

I learnt a lot from this audio presentation. Clear, concise and practical. Excellent value. Highly recommended even if not in the military.

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  • Bill
  • 06-02-2016

leadership

loved it kept me engaged in the book was very informative hit the primary points exactly as neefed

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  • joejoe
  • 17-12-2021

Should be called, “want to be a D Bag leader?”

Book is full of self aggrandizing, D bag slogans and BS. Any good tactical information gleaned from the author’s SF experience in Somalia has been adopted by Big Army 20 years ago. As for the leadership parts, it only speaks to the meathead portion of the military that can’t think for themselves. If you still use the term hippies and call everything you don’t understand communism, this might be for you.

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  • PM
  • 26-07-2021

Terrible Book

I can’t recommend this book to current military leaders, because the content within only describes basic understandings that all combat veterans already know.
I also cannot recommend this book to any civilian leaders because it’s concepts focus almost entirely on military “leadership.”

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  • Stephanie B.
  • 24-07-2021

Great Book

Currently a TL and this was very informative. It will benefit my team and myself as a person.

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  • Michael Burress
  • 03-07-2021

Introduction to high performance teams.

A good overview and story's about the critical skills required to operate on a high performance team level in particular Military and Law Enforcement, however these critical skills required are needed in other groups such as sports too. Key idea to operate at this level you must integrate your mind,body, spirit and emotion so you can turn on and off in moments when required. the tone and pace of the audio book is very easy to follow.

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