“The Littlest Green Beret” represents a small felt hat, my stature, and all those seemingly insurmountable goals. We all face adversity amidst physical, mental, and emotional challenges, and this book is about becoming self-reliant in terms of creating a powerful future. It can also become your battle plan for addressing life’s challenges and the key to unlocking the leader within you.
Through my own stories of adversity, I will convey how leadership development can occur every day if you’re observant, reflective, and determined. This book provides an overview of practical leadership principles for managing oneself, creating a personal strategy, and effectively engaging others to assist you with your own developmental objectives.
By exploring what effective leaders actually do and how they do it, you will learn the principles of personal effectiveness and how visionary leadership can develop and inspire people to achieve more than they thought they could. Leadership can be an illusion of control, but changing your perspective on everyday experiences can provide inspirational learning opportunities for personal growth and development.
Half the proceeds from the sale of this book will be distributed to the Green Beret Foundation and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
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As a former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, and successful business executive, Jan’s presentation is designed to engage a leader’s inherent self-reliance to enhance the focus, resourcefulness and collaboration of their team through new perspectives on adversity and resiliency. Rather than offering a set of checklists, a rehash of leadership books, or a motivational rah-rah speech, Jan helps leaders apply self-reliant leadership principles through a confluence of Sparta’s discipline, Socrates’ self-awareness, Aristotle’s courage, Emerson’s self-reliance, and Thoreau’s reflective seclusion. Jan uses the power of story to provide an overview of self-reliant leadership principles to be a more focused, resourceful, and collaborative leader.
- Lead more/manage less, because people support what they help create.
- Learn from your life story, and use solitude for reflection.
- Hear the unheard for clarity of purpose to enhance focus.
- Embrace adversity as a crucible to learn and strengthen your resilience.
- Leverage the power of mentoring as a leader/teacher/pupil.
- Face your own hypocrisy to know thyself.
Leaders will learn that Self Reliant Leadership is synonymous with knowing which questions to ask, and having the courage to answer them and act.read more
cru-ci-ble – a difficult test or challenge; a place or situation that forces people to change or make difficult decisions
Expedition designed for transforming leaders through adventure and adversity. April 30 to May 3, 2015
The Self-Reliant Leadership Crucible™ is designed to take your leadership abilities to new levels in an intense, dynamic and unpredictable environment that maps to today’s challenging business environment.
The Self Reliant Leadership Crucible™ is a referral/invitation only 12-month program for ten amazing leaders. Each person has already achieved a great deal in life, and despite a track record of success, is ready to work with dynamic and inspiring peers to really face their edge and change the trajectory of their life, both personally and professionally.read more
We offer executive workshops, coaching, expeditions, and deliver keynote speeches to help leaders develop self-reliance to create powerful futures through a confluence of Sparta’s discipline, Socrates’ self-awareness, Aristotle’s courage, Emerson’s self-reliance, and Thoreau’s reflective humility.
Our mission is to unleash the virtues of leaders to inspire and transform multi-generational organizations with a common purpose. We know people support what they help create.
“Jan Rutherford has been a critical part of professional growth, helping me gain fresh perpective into complicated work issues, insight into personalities, and tools that can be applied to a variety of work situations.” -Jeremy Meyer, Senior Vice President of Operations, Welldyne