Foreword xiii Acknowledgments xv Introduction: Becoming a Leader of Leaders 1 CHAPTER 1 A Special Kind of Warrior 9 PART I: DO YOUR PART FIRST The Brand of a True Leader CHAPTER 2 What Do I Mean by "Leader"? 33 CHAPTER 3 Owning Your State of Mind: The First Strike Mindset 43 CHAPTER 4 Power by Example: The Importance of Ethos 55 CHAPTER 5 Be It Ever So Humble: There Is No Place Like Leadership 71 CHAPTER 6 Always On: Leadership in the Moment, Every Moment 87 CHAPTER 7 Look, Listen, and Feel: Communication and Charisma Fight Side by Side 99 CHAPTER 8 "Ya Got What Ya Got": Leading Through Bureaucracy and Limited Resources 113 PART II: RUNNING TO THE SOUND OF GUNFIRE The Essence of Brotherhood CHAPTER 9 The Guiding Light: Values and Shared Vision 129 CHAPTER 10 Powering Teams Forward with TRUST 141 CHAPTER 11 Two Is One, One Is None: The Power of Swim Buddies 155 CHAPTER 12 Through, By, and With: Developing Teamability and Shared Consciousness 167 CHAPTER 13 Developing a Perimeter: An Invisible Shield to Clarify and Protect 179 CHAPTER 14 Leading from All Parts of the Line: The Importance of Followership 193 PART III: BATTLE RHYTHM Turning Brand and Brotherhood into Music CHAPTER 15 No Man Left Behind 209 CHAPTER 16 Leading at the Speed of War 219 CHAPTER 17 Outside the Box: How to Enhance Team Innovation and Problem Solving 233 CHAPTER 18 Thriving on the Rhythm: Seizing First, Fast, Fearless Leadership Moments 245 CHAPTER 19 The Man in the Arena 259 APPENDIX First, Fast, Fearless Leadership Maxims 263 Index 271
In his 20-year career as a Navy SEAL, Ed Hiner commanded hundreds of strategic combat missions and operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and across the globe, for which he earned two Bronze Stars with "V" for valor and combat leadership. In his role as a Navy Special Warfare Training Officer, Ed managed basic and advanced training for all Navy SEALs on the national level. He draws on this vast experience for his work as a coach and consultant specializing in leadership, team building, mental toughness, resilience, and personal conflict resolution.