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Professional Development Reading List

"Thanks to my reading, I have never been caught flat-footed by any situation. It doesn't give me all the answers, but it lights what is often a dark path ahead."
   - General James N. Mattis, USMC

A careful examination of history's most accomplished leaders reveals that their success was strongly correlated to a scholarly appreciation for literature, professional reading, and reflection. Leadership Under Fire believes strongly that current and emerging leaders in any endeavor can enhance mission-orientation, individual and organizational discipline, complex problem solving, decisive action, competitiveness, survival, and quality of life through rigorous professional development reading and reflection.

Leadership Under Fire Reading List

The Leadership Under Fire Reading List is divided into three categories based on
rank and job function.
(Click each group for more information)

PREPARATORY / TACTICAL GROUP - Individuals interested in this reading list are typically athletes, young professionals in business, firefighters, law enforcement officers.
INTERMEDIATE / OPERATIONAL GROUP - Individuals interested in this reading list are typically team captains & assistant coaches, team leaders, fire company officers, law enforcement sergeants and lieutenants.
EXECUTIVE / STRATEGIC GROUP - Individuals interested in this reading list are typically head coaches & general managers, business executives, fire chief officers, law enforcement captains and above.

The Leadership Under Fire Professional Development Reading List is one of the most important tools used to optimize the performance of leaders at every organizational level. Through dedicated study of recommended readings and other forms of media, an individual will improve their understanding of the technical, physical, mental and moral characteristics that foster success in environments governed by chaos, uncertainty, danger and fluidity.