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In the Wake of Scandals, Author and FSU Professor Examines West Point's Approach to Building Honorable Leaders
09/01/2006

Praeger Publishers and author Dr. Evan Offstein are proud to announce the release of Stand Your Ground: Building Honorable Leaders the West Point Way. The launch of Stand Your Ground signals one of the most relevant and applicable responses to recent leadership breakdowns at such places as Enron, WorldCom, Adelphia, and Abu Ghraib.

Evan Offstein, a business management professor at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Md., and a West Point graduate, approached leaders at our nation’s oldest and most celebrated military academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Department of the Army with two primary questions: (1) How does West Point develop its leaders?; (2) Can other individuals and organizations apply these methods effectively? Two years later, after conducting extensive on-site research at West Point and with business leaders in a variety of industries, he offers unprecedented access to the process of leadership development at West Point and practical insights that can, indeed, be applied in any type of organization that strives to operate on the principle of integrity.

From Civil War General Robert E. Lee to astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin to basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski to our nation’s greatest political and military leaders such as Norman Schwarzkopf, West Point has groomed leaders whose contributions far exceed the successful management of their immediate charges. By illuminating the principles by which West Point teaches leadership, Stand Your Ground not only provides a unique tour behind the scenes at this revered institution, but, more generally, imparts lessons of honor and character-building that can be adopted by any aspiring leader.

Readers of Offstein’s Stand Your Ground are in good company. Stand Your Ground won early and notable endorsements from such leaders as Virginia Tech and former National football coach of the year Frank Beamer and former U.S. Attorney General and Governor of Pennsylvania Dick Thornburgh. Applicable in almost any setting, Offstein’s Stand Your Ground appeals to both academic and corporate audiences evidenced by strong endorsements from Slippery Rock University, Carnegie Mellon professors and the CEO of Century Furniture. Recently, Virginia Tech’s Corps of Cadets chose Stand Your Ground as their core text to build and develop leaders of character.

Ultimately, Stand Your Ground delivers a message that began with our founding fathers, but which has been silenced in the last several years. In Stand Your Ground, Offstein provides compelling evidence that true leadership is first built on honor and that future leadership lapses well chronicled in the recent episodes occurring at Enron, WorldCom, Adelphia, and GlobalCrossing, could never again occur if West Point’s model of honorable leadership development is followed.

Given the almost limitless amount of leadership books that offer hollow promises and which have accomplished little to improve our current state of leadership, Offstein’s Stand Your Ground stands apart as one of the choice few books capable of transforming leaders at all levels and across organizations.

In conjunction with the launch of the book, Offstein is featuring and spreading this notion of honorable leadership at book signings along with academic and corporate speaking arrangements

For more information regarding Dr. Evan H. Offstein or Stand Your Ground: Building Honorable Leaders the West Point Way please visit www.honorableleaders.com or www.Stand-Your-Ground.net. Stand Your Ground (ISBN 0-275-99143-1) is available through the publisher at www.greenwood.com/catalog or www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com

Web Address for More Information: http://www.honorableleaders.com

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