Author: Emileigh

Book Review: Rules & Tools for Leaders

Rules & Tools for Leaders: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Effective Managing Maj. Gen. Perry M. Smith, Ph.D., USAF (Retired) © 1998, 2002, 296 pages Recently, I asked a mentor to recommend some books that he thinks a young future lieutenant would benefit from reading. As a former Army Colonel with over thirty years in the military, his recommendations are valuable to me. In fact, he did better than just recommend books; he brought a box of them for me and others to sort through and borrow. This book by Maj. Gen. Smith is one of those. Rules & Tools...

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Female Warriors: Dress to Impress?

“You don’t really look like someone I’d want defending our country.” “Your style is too masculine.” “I’m surprised you are in the military; you wear lipstick and stuff.” These are some of the things friends and I have been told about our appearances in our pursuit of military careers.  While most were not intended to be insulting, they all imply that something about how we dress and look as women is not “warrior-ish” in someone’s eyes. For me, fashion is a fun hobby.  I’ve had a vintage fashion blog for a few years now, and I enjoy wearing styles...

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Book Review: A Higher Standard

A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America’s First Female Four-Star General Gen. Ann Dunwoody (with Tomago Collins) © 2015, 568 pages (also available in Spanish) When I picked out this book by Army Gen. Ann Dunwoody, I knew it was sure to contain some great information.  I mean, the first female four-star general in America’s history?  Surely she knows stuff.  What I didn’t expect was the wealth of information I gleaned from every single chapter. This book is written by the warrior, for the warrior.  This is no “military lite,” and unless you’ve been in the Army for a few years, you...

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Book Review: It Worked for Me

It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership Colin Powell (with Tony Koltz) © 2012, 283 pages I’ll admit, I haven’t read a whole book for fun in a while. However, as I’m gearing up for officer training in March I am feeling increasingly motivated to become an “expert” in my field.  The number one way I’ve heard recommended time and again of how to do this is to read and read a lot.  Reading about topics related to leadership, followership, history, politics, etc. can only help me in becoming the best airman I can be.  Thus, I made...

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Inspiration to Beat the Odds

Sometimes we face things in military life that are bound to be difficult.  We know going into them that it’s going to be hard, it’s going to take its toll, and perhaps many others will tell us that we may not make it through.  Whether it’s a deployment, a dual military marriage, moving our teenagers to another country, or any number of situations we in the military community face… sometimes the odds are just stacked against us. But does that mean we fold?  Of course not.  When we look ahead and see something daunting we need to do, we...

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