• Leadership and Training for the Fight

  • A Few Thoughts on Leadership and Training from a Former Special Operations Soldier
  • By: Paul R. Howe
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-20-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (169 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

Based on the thrilling real-life experience of a combat-hardened soldier and commander, Leadership and Training for the Fight is a detailed and informative collection of advice, useful for anyone interested in better understanding the type of leadership required for combat and noncombat scenarios alike. Pete Larkin performs Howe's words with aplomb. Though this book is filled with valuable lessons, it is also packed with exciting firsthand accounts of combat. Larkin's distinguished voice acting relates the full gravity and danger of each of these moments.

Publisher's Summary

Tested and effective leadership and teaching advice based on riveting combat stories from a Special Operations veteran.

In Leadership and Training for the Fight, MSG Paul R. Howe, U.S. Army Retired, shares ideas on leadership that he has developed through extensive combat experience. Howe tells riveting stories of military operations and analyzes leadership concepts. He also gives advice on how to understand students and how to refine your teaching methods. Written with the unique insight of a Special Operations soldier, this book is the perfect guide for anyone interested in improving leadership skills in civilian or military situations.

©2011 Paul R. Howe (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Tactical Training - must read

This book will not be for everyone. If you are in law-enforcement, and particularly if you are on a tactical team, this is an absolute must read. For others who are simply interested in leadership training, this book may be a bit laborious to work through. As a member of a SWAT team and holding a leadership position with my law-enforcement agency I was very happy with this purchase.

This book may also be of interest to those civilians with a passion for firearms and tactical training.

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Congratulations on your assignment, SWAT Team Ldr

This is not a book. This is a manual that may assist SWAT Team Leaders, military operators with tactical training responsibilities, law enforcent firearms instructors, and Police Department leadership teams in developing and evaluating training programs and lesson plans.

Despite the marketing that led me to try the book, there are very few - to possibly zero, depending on your job - parallel applicable lessons or nuggets that anyone in the professional world will find useful or interesting. I was hoping for general leadership principles and insights that would apply to my current management assignment of a non-tactical military unit and I was disappointed.

In fact, as a police officer, military reserve member, and SWAT Team member myself, I found the material contained herein barely applicable to my own duties. I am not a tactical trainer or instructor and, at most, I gained some insight into how our instructor teams prepare lesson plans and why they conduct our range training in the way that they do.

I almost returned this book a half dozen times. I now wish that I had. I kept waiting for it to pivot, but it never happened and the author kept repeating the same points until I just about shelved it and gave up. I felt too guilty to return a book I came withing an hour or so of finishing.

This is a copy and paste of a tactical trainer's continuity binder with footnotes and commentary, more or less. If that's what you need, buy it now.

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Paul Howe is a true leader and motivator.

If you want to perform better, push yourself harder, or lead people from the front this is the book for you. Paul Howe spent most of his life in our nations top special forces unit where selection was never ending. The amount of discipline, dedication, and determination these individuals have is astonishing. In this book Paul Howe very simplistically and methodically outlines the leadership process he gained from the military and then later perfected at his training school in Texas. Though it is geared for LE or military crowds, the lessons inside can be applied to every profession and for any leadership role. Simply put you will not regret buying this book.

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must read for every person serving this country

must read for every person serving this country either military or law enforcement.
former IDF NCO
Current U.S service member

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Excellent

I learnt a lot from this audio presentation. Clear, concise and practical. Excellent value. Highly recommended even if not in the military.

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leadership

loved it kept me engaged in the book was very informative hit the primary points exactly as neefed

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Stay a loser

This is not a good book. The secret can be summed up in this, you’re a loser; be cool with it. A valid this book. It’s not even funny.

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Great book

I will be honest I have not read a book in countless years. This was a great book. I believe this book has given me a lot of practical ideas to bring to my tactical team both in the way I teach and along with some practical training ideas that both I and my team have not thought of before. I literally had to sit down with a notebook because there is so much information I had to write down that I didn’t wanna take a chance of forgetting

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Core component of any tactical trainer's library

Very logical layout and chapter format. Exceptional content for tactical trainer's/operators. Something for everyone, from the new guy to the Commander.

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Awesome Read

Very informative and easy to follow. Last few chapters got a little slow but a very useful tool for any instructor