Adapt or Die: Battle Tested Principles for Leaders

There are two types of people in the world. Those that want to lead and those that want to follow. If you want to lead, where do you start? How do you become a leader? There are many examples throughout history of people who were good at being leaders. They share similar characteristics and principles. In Adapt or Die Lt. Gen. (RET) Rick Lynch shares some of these principles.

The book is very straightforward and engaging. It is divided up into four general sections with each section having more in depth chapters. What I really appreciated about the book is that he gives the advice and shares stories from his life where he heeded his own advice. In other words he walked the talk which is something he writes about throughout the book. I enjoyed the stories because they personalized the message.

I was not expecting it to be his stories intertwined with the principles. I had thought that there would be guides for how integrate these principles better and was surprised when I didn’t find any. However, I think this is good because it then forces the reader to examine their own lives. It should be self evident if we are following the principles or not. The principles are not rocket science. There doesn’t need to be a series of steps to attain them. It is simply whether or not we will accept these principles and act on them.

If you want to be a better leader, this would be a good book to read.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review.


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