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From the most humble beginnings—growing up in the 1950s with nine siblings in a single-parent, one-story home in Hot Springs, Arkansas—Alford L. McMichael rose to the highest rank an enlisted United States Marine can achieve. From 1999 to 2003, he was the USMC’s 14th Sergeant Major, and the first African American to attain the position.

Now, with down-to-earth practicality and an engaging anecdotal style, Sergeant Major McMichael shares how the morals, work ethic, and self-discipline taught to him in the hard times of his dirt-poor Southern childhood took him to the top of his field and made him one of the most respected and valued leaders of our time.

Among the pragmatic and distinctive kernels of wisdom McMichael imparts in Leadership are to:

  • Practice dinner-table values,
  • Find your compass,
  • Rely on intelligence over emotion,
  • Prepare so you can prosper,
  • Impress yourself first,
  • Give power to your people, and
  • Lead from the heart.

Whatever your walk in life, these principles are the foundation for making great things happen. You can be ready to experience the phenomenal results when you ask the best of yourself and of those around you.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you desire to inspire greatness within your organization, then I highly recommend this book as a unique resource from a great leader.”

    Dale W. Herdegen, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC, (Ret.)

  • “The United States Marine Corps…is built on a foundation of leadership that instills a discipline to perform under the most difficult of circumstances and environments. No one more epitomizes these qualifications than Sergeant Major Alford McMichael. Read his book, know his story. It is a life lesson on leadership.”

    Dennis Swanson, president of station operations, Fox Television Stations, Inc.

  • "[McMichael] represents the epitome of iconic leadership and competence, and his book passes along a lifetime of lessons, observations, and practices invaluable to anyone in a position of authority.”

    Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO, FedEx Corporation

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About the Author

Sergeant Major Alford L. McMichael enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1970 and served his country for more than thirty-six years. He was appointed the 14th sergeant major of the USMC in 1999. In 2003, he became the first sergeant major ever to serve as the sergeant major to the Allied Supreme Commander of NATO. Among his countless other accomplishments, he has been appointed to the American Veteran Steering Committee, where he is working to improve the quality of life for young veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

About the Narrator

Peter Jay Fernandez is an accomplished audiobook narrator who has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards and an Audie Award in 2009. He has also appeared on television, film, and stage. His appearances include roles in Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and the musical Thunder Knocking on the Door.