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"Colonel Morgenthaler has devoted her life to helping others be all they can be. In this book, she shares her lessons learned and offers deeply wise advice for effective leadership at any level." -- Congresswoman and Lieutenant Colonel Tammy Duckworth

"With honesty and humor, Colonel Morgenthaler shares secrets to inclusive leadership, proving that the best leaders leave no one behind. A book for both women and men who face the challenge of being in the minority, whatever that may represent, while leading others." -- Pat Harris, global chief diversity officer of McDonald's Corporation and author of None of Us Is as Good as All of Us

"Colonel Morgenthaler's journey in facing fears, obstacles, and Saddam Hussein is a wonderful roadmap for anyone striving to lead. The Courage to Take Command cuts straight to the chase on what you need to do to make the most of the leadership opportunities that come your way." -- Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy, U.S. Army (ret.)

"An indispensable primer that clearly shows leaders and anyone who aspires to lead, particularly those belonging to any minority group, how to turn obstacles into opportunities." -- Lori L. Parker, president of American Steelworks, Inc.

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COLONEL JILL MORGENTHALER (ret.) served in theU.S. Army as the first female military intelligence commander in the DMZ in South Korea and Germany (West Berlin), the first female battalion commander in the 88th Division, and the first female brigade commander in the84th Division. After five years on active duty, she served for 25 years in the Army Reserves, in combat zones that included Bosnia and Iraq, conducting military intelligence operations, psychological operations, humanitarianoperations, and civil affairs. She is the recipient of two Humanitarian Service Medals, the Bronze Star, and the Legion of Merit. She is now a professional speaker.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Informative, inspiring, and entertaining 19 Nov 2014
By D.L.B. in Des Plaines - Published on
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The Courage To Take Command by retired Colonel Jill Morgenthaler is a comprehensive lesson on leadership that’s fun to read. The author shares riveting experiences from her 30-year military career to illustrate the development of a finely nuanced management style built on respect. She entered officers training at the moment the US military started to integrate women into the regular service, and her determination to stand up for herself in a male-dominated army is inspiring. Her stories of facing and overcoming adversity, from sexism to war, are energizing.
It’s a fast read that’s hard to put down. Morgenthaler’s enthusiasm and energy imbue every chapter and are infectious. She discusses handling bullies, facing the scary unknown, and using calm reasoning to deal with antagonists. She talks about fear and counsels us to fake it till we make it. A chapter is dedicated to leaving no one behind and helping people who are marginalized. There is an entire chapter on charm, and one on using the element of surprise. She discusses holding onto power once it’s attained and examines the balance of career and family. She describes managing a crisis, using keeping people safe in a war zone as her example. She shares how she has reinvented herself several times and offers tips for the reader.
Besides being an excellent guide for courteous leadership, the book doubles as a primer on how to be a decent human being. It will be useful to anyone aspiring to be a leader on any level, whether managing a large corporation or overseeing a bake sale. Wall Street types who believe money is more important than people will dismiss this book, but anyone who wants to build a viable, vibrant organization will profit from it. It’s worth reading just for its upbeat style and entertaining stories. Highly recommended.
Great, Educational Book for All in the Working World to Read! 27 Dec 2014
By FantasyGirl - Published on
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My mom and sister had the pleasant opportunity of listening to Colonel Jill Morgenthaler speak at a local conference. Afterwards, my sister told me some of the interesting stories she shared about her military experience. I was a little disappointed that my schedule did not allow me to hear her speak, but then lo and behold! My mom bought her book and passed it on to my sister and me.

This is the first book I have read on leadership. I never had a desire to climb the ladder career-wise or be a leader of a group, large or small. But Colonel Morgenthaler's book is not only for leaders; it is also for everyone who deals with people in the real world. Through her 30 years of experience, Colonel Morgenthaler gives tips and strategies on how to overcome obstacles, stand up for yourself, and become a respected, compassionate leader/team player. She also explains how difficult life was for career women in the `70s and how it still is in some present day situations. I was appalled at some of the obstacles she had to face throughout her career, but cheered when she overcame these ridiculous obstacles through courage and professionalism.

The Courage to Take Command is a definite must-read for those aspiring to work positively in the workforce; those currently in the workforce and wish to expand their knowledge and skills in how to work effectively as a team/leader; and as I mentioned earlier for people who work with and for the general public on a daily basis. Her last chapter, called "Reinvention" can also be applied to people who are going through major life changes...I certainly could relate to that and found her words encouraging!
The Courage to Command by Jill Morgenthaler 17 Nov 2014
By Madison W Fairbanks - Published on
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The Courage to Take Command
Leadership Lessons from a Military Trailblazer by Colonel Jill Morgenthaler

This is a practical straightforward leadership guide. While a lot of the book includes the military as the background, the overall text and lessons can be applied to any leadership position. It's clearly written and easily read because of the stories and antidotes that Morgenthaler includes throughout the text. This book spans a long time in her military career and frankly makes me want to both applaud her success and talk to her more in person and find about her experiences. I'll bet she has some great stories.
This is one smart lady.

Below are some of the points that I will take back to the office with me and incorporate into my routines.

"A good leader strives to overlook no one and bring out the best in everyone."

People will frequently live up or down to your expectations of them.

Listening, interaction, and accessibility are strong tools of being a good leader.
On fear:
"take the fear and break it into doable pieces. Do the little stuff, and keep moving forward. Fear never goes away completely, but you can learn to channel fear as a motivation instead of an excuse for inaction."

Organizational awareness. Cultivate relationships with power players.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Trustworthy and Inspiring 11 Nov 2014
By Margot E. Eccles - Published on
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Jill's writing style is very engaging and her leadership lessons apply to anyone who is interested in learning how to be a good leader, be that in a career or as a volunteer. She writes about trust being a key for a good leader -- her writing, especially her anecdotes, make me trust her and I look forward to incorporating her lessons into my life. This book will make a wonderful gift to many this year. Hooah!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
More than Leadership Lessons 1 Nov 2014
By Patricia C - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down until I finished it. It captured me from the beginning. It was thought provoking, and tugged at my heart strings. It was funny, sad and interesting. What an adventure! Colonel Morgenthaler captures not just Leadership lessons in her book, but life lessons. This is a must read that I will be giving to all of my children, grandchildren, and to all the future leaders I know.
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