Overlooking the Hudson River on the campus of the United States Military Academy at West Point are 12 granite benches, each inscribed with a word representing a key leadership virtue: compassion, courage, dedication, determination, dignity, discipline, integrity, loyalty, perseverance, responsibility, service, and trust. These benches remind cadets of the qualities that lead to victory and success, not just on the battlefield, but in all of life.
With his signature enthusiasm and insight, Pat Williams shares the incredible stories of West Point graduates who exemplified these traits, from the Civil War to the War on Terror. He shows readers of all backgrounds how to develop these 12 essential virtues in their lives, whether they are in the corporate world, the academic world, the military, the church, or in some other sphere.
This is a great book to read that is filled with history, influential people, and encouragement to live life with these core values a part of who we are. The writing is very straight forward and easy to read and understand the point of what is being shared. These are qualities that I strive to live practicing and ones that I hope shine through. However, more importantly these are qualities that I want my children to learn and model as well as they are the future and ideally those in leadership especially would live life based upon these guidelines and values as well. I highly recommend this for anyone and everyone to read.
*Thanks to Revell Reads Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*