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24/7: The First Person You Must Lead Is You
By Brigadier General (Retired) Becky Halstead

The real-life experiences portrayed in 24/7: The First Person You Must Lead is YOU are told with a combination of introspective humor and heart-wrenching candor that will inspire you to consider your approach to leadership from a new perspective-you. The stories shared in this book illustrate leadership principles that transcend age, gender, race, and profession. Whether a corporate CEO or a high school student, Becky’s personal leadership journey will capture your attention and cause you to re-evaluate how you define leadership.

The book presents Becky's five fundamental leadership truths, followed by her key leadership principles, which ultimately lead you to her inspirational definition of leadership. The principles and supporting personal stories cover a lifetime of leadership lessons; from playing sports in high school to responsibility for over twenty thousand soldiers and civilians in combat as a general officer in Iraq. In 24/7 she shares with you the heart and mind traits and skills that allowed her to do so.

The book also provides multi-leadership perspectives: Becky as a leader, the one being led, a peer leader, and as part of an enduring leadership legacy. She explains how to learn from both toxic and ideal work environments and bosses. This book is a much needed guide that reminds you what is really important when you are in a position of leadership.

Her stories are humorous, sad, celebratory, intense, and consistently relevant. Because they range over a life-time—from being a junior level leader responsible for a small team to being a senior level leader with a complex mission and a widely diverse team—the stories provide a relatable path of lessons in self-leadership. Becky’s authenticity and unique experiences enhance her powerful messages. 24/7 is a book that you will want to refer to again and again as you find yourself in tough positions as a leader or as the person being led.

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