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Leading on the Frontline: Remarkable Stories and Essential Leadership Lessons from the World's Danger Zones

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Leading on the Frontline: Remarkable Stories and Essential Leadership Lessons from the World's Danger Zones

Linda Cruse

ISBN: 978-0-730-36580-8 October 2018 280 Pages

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Transform your leadership with powerful lessons from the frontline

Leading on the Frontline brings humanitarian leadership into the boardroom, giving business leaders a powerful lesson in engagement, motivation, inspiration and innovation. Drawing upon a lifetime of humanitarian work in some of the world’s most difficult places, author Linda Cruse shares stories from the frontline that illustrate how to dig deep, inspire, thrive and more. Business leaders work on a different type of frontline — one that is no less volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous — and the ability to deal effectively with the unexpected sets great leaders apart from the herd. Tap into your own intuition, compassion and courage; keep composure under pressure; align vision with strategic goals; exercise mental toughness — these skills are required in the aftermath of a tsunami in Thailand or a landslide in Nepal, and in business, they propel good people to great feats of leadership.

This book presents extraordinary stories of extraordinary people who confront the best and worst of humanity every day. These people accomplish big things with few resources, prioritise progress over personal comfort and prevail over seemingly impossible odds. Their lessons contain multitudes for those who aspire to be great leaders — and the very best version of themselves. 

  • Learn the secrets of effective leadership through the frontline humanitarian lens
  • Master the art of storytelling to build morale, strengthen teamwork and define problem solving paradigms
  • See everyday situations in a new way, discover new possibilities and unearth new solutions
  • Learn how extraordinary people confront fear, face death and find joy in the most difficult circumstances

Whether on the frontline or in the boardroom, the objective is the same: to achieve goals and exceed expectations. Leading on the Frontline equips leaders with the skills and perspective they need to emerge victorious in a relentlessly volatile, constantly changing world.

Foreword by Sir Richard Branson xix

Acknowledgements xxiii

A note from the author: How it all began xxv

Preface xxvii

Part I: Courage 1

1 Courage 3

2 Trust 11

3 Be the voice 21

4 Facing fear 35

5 Know the context 43

6 Be bold 53

Part II: Passion 59

7 Meaningful connection 61

8 Listen and learn 67

9 Jump in 77

10 Have fun 89

11 Just ask 101

12 Take charge 109

Part III: Love 113

13 Purpose and passion 115

14 Dig deeper 123

15 Take care of yourself 133

16 Surrender 141

17 Compassion 151

18 Through the eyes of another 163

Part IV: Awareness 167

19 Be prepared 169

20 Empathy 179

21 Learn and improvise 185

22 Intuition 195

23 Know thyself 199

24 Know when to leave 209

25 Do not judge 215

Epilogue: Passion, purpose and playfulness 229

Index 241