First Man In Leading from the Front MOBI Ã In Leading

Number one Sunday Times best seller No one is born a leader But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership In First Man In he shares the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his fascinating exhilarating life Special forces training is no walk in the park The rules are strict and they make sure you learn the hard way pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible There is no mercy Even when you are bleeding and broken to admit defeat is failure To survive the gruelling selection process to become a member of the elite you need toughness aggression meticulous attention to detail and unrelenting self discipline all traits that make for the best leaders After 13 years' service in the military with four years as a Special Boat Service SBS sniper Ant Middleton is the epitome of what it takes to excel He served in the SBS the naval wing of the special forces the Royal Marines and 9 Parachute Squadron Royal achieving what is known as the ‘holy trinity’ of the UK’s elite forces As a point man in the SBS Ant was always the first man through the door the first man into the dark and the first man in harm’s way In this fascinating exhilarating and revealing book Ant speaks about the highs and gut wrenching lows of his life from the thrill of passing Special Forces Selection to dealing with the early death of his father and ending up in prison on leaving the military and draws valuable lessons that we can all use in our daily livesNumber one Sunday Times best seller No one is born a leader But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership In First Man In he shares the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his fascinating exhilarating life Special forces training is no walk in the park The rules are strict and they make sure you learn the hard way pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible There is no mercy Even when you are bleeding and broken to admit defeat is failure To survive the gruelling selection process to become a member of the elite you need toughness aggression meticulous attention to detail and unrelenting self discipline all traits that make for the best leaders After 13 years' service in the military with four years as a Special Boat Service SBS sniper Ant Middleton is the epitome of what it takes to excel He served in the SBS the naval wing of the special forces the Royal Marines and 9 Parachute Squadron Royal achieving what is known as the ‘holy trinity’ of the UK’s elite forces As a point man in the SBS Ant was always the first man through the door the first man into the dark and the first man in harm’s way In this fascinating exhilarating and revealing book Ant speaks about the highs and gut wrenching lows of his life from the thrill of passing Special Forces Selection to dealing with the early death of his father and ending up in prison on leaving the military and draws valuable lessons that we can all use in our daily livesNumber one Sunday Times best seller No one is born a leader But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership In First Man In he shares the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his fascinating exhilarating life Special forces training is no walk in the park The rules are strict and they make sure you learn the hard way pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible There is no mercy Even when you are bleeding and broken to admit defeat is failure To survive the gruelling selection process to become a member of the elite you need toughness aggression meticulous attention to detail and unrelenting self discipline all traits that make for the best leaders After 13 years' service in the military with four years as a Special Boat Service SBS sniper Ant Middleton is the epitome of what it takes to excel He served in the SBS the naval wing of the special forces the Royal Marines and 9 Parachute Squadron Royal achieving what is known as the ‘holy trinity’ of the UK’s elite forces As a point man in the SBS Ant was always the first man through the door the first man into the dark and the first man in harm’s way In this fascinating exhilarating and revealing book Ant speaks about the highs and gut wrenching lows of his life from the thrill of passing Special Forces Selection to dealing with the early death of his father and ending up in prison on leaving the military and draws valuable lessons that we can all use in our daily lives


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  1. says:

    also passed through There are certain parts of this book that do not ring true with me particularly the description of violence being employed by Directing Staff in the RE and 9 Para training This simply did not happen in the late nineties this type of behavior was eradicated at least 20 years earlier I'm not saying that the DS were angels by any means but physical bullies they were not Ant also makes much of the alpha male hierarchy within the RE and 9 Para in my experience this iswas just not true Admittedly you get the occasional obnoxious braggard as in any walk of life but the overwhelming sense is of comradeship and support for each other ie looking out for your matesGetting back to Ant himself I cannot believe that the DS in the RE 9 Para the Royal Marines and the Special Forces did not recognize that Ant is a dangerous and unstable character compounded by an ego the size of a planet By his own admission he has a hair trigger and seems to resort to extreme violence if provoked in my experience SF operators are almost the exact opposite of this ie it is almost impossible to get them to react when provoked they only use extreme violence when there is absolutely no other way andor if is part of a considered plan If I had responsibility for Ant in the armed forces I would have been constantly on the lookout and worried how he would react to stressful situations to the extent that I would probably have offloaded him Overall Ant comes across as probably a good foot soldier that needs constant supervision and direction to keep him on track certainly not a leaderAs for the book itself I didn't realize it was a self help leadership manual but since it was written by a man that needs a lot of help I'm not sure of its value It is poorly written by a ghost writer? very boring in sections and contains a lot of navel gazing There are also huge gaps in the book and Ant implies that there things he cannot talk about implying they are covered by the official secrets act I suspect that he has skipped these areas for other reasons he does not wish to tell us about this includes his relationship problems? By the end of the book it convinced me that if I saw Ant coming down the street towards me I would cross over to the other side