The Wisdom of the Bullfrog: Leadership Made Simple (But Not Easy)

The Wisdom of the Bullfrog: Leadership Made Simple (But Not Easy)

by William H. McRaven
The Wisdom of the Bullfrog: Leadership Made Simple (But Not Easy)

The Wisdom of the Bullfrog: Leadership Made Simple (But Not Easy)

by William H. McRaven


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Read this book to get some highly sought-after advice and inspiration about leadership from the esteemed author of Make Your Bed.


From the acclaimed, bestselling author of Make Your Bed—a short, inspirational book of advice and leadership lessons that Admiral McRaven collected over his four decades as a Navy SEAL.

The title “Bullfrog” is given to the Navy SEAL who has served the longest on active duty. Admiral McRaven was honored to receive this honor in 2011 when he took charge of the United States Special Operations Command. When McRaven retired in 2014, he had 37 years as a Navy SEAL under his belt, leading men and women at every level of the special operations community. In the ensuing four years, he served as Chancellor to the entire University of Texas System, with its 230,000 students and 100,000 faculty and health care workers.

During those four decades, Admiral McRaven dealt with every conceivable leadership challenge, from commanding combat operations—including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Phillips, and the raid for Osama bin Laden. 

THE WISDOM OF THE BULLFROG draws on these and countless other experiences from Admiral McRaven’s incredible life, including crisis situations, management debates, organizational transitions, and ethical dilemmas, to provide readers with the most important leadership lessons he has learned over the course of his forty years of service. Each chapter provides a Make Your Bed-like parable, rich with insights like those featured in his bestselling memoir, Sea Stories, about the specific leadership traits required to be at the top of your game, including:  
  • Who Dares, Wins
  • Run to the Sound of the Guns
  • No Plan Survives First Contact with the Enemy
THE WISDOM OF THE BULLFROG is Admiral McRaven’s clear-eyed treatise on the leadership qualities that separate the good from the truly great.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538707944
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/04/2023
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 7,529
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Admiral William H. McRaven is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Make Your Bed and the New York Times bestsellers Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations and The Hero Code: Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived. In his thirty-seven years as a Navy SEAL, he commanded at every level. As a Four-Star Admiral, his final assignment was as Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces. After retiring from the Navy, he served as the Chancellor of the University of Texas System from 2015 to 2018. He now lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Georgeann.

Table of Contents

The Wisdom of the Bullfrog

(Leadership Made Simple—But Not Easy)

  • Introduction-The Bullfrog
  • Chapter One-The Code of Conduct
  • Chapter Two-A Shepherd Should Smell Like His Sheep
  • Chapter Three- When in Command, Command 
  • Chapter Four-Who Dares Wins
  • Chapter Five-Run to the Sound of the Guns
  • Chapter Six-Troop the Line
  • Chapter Seven- The Only Easy Day, Was Yesterday
  • Chapter Eight-Sua Sponte (Of Your Own Accord)
  • Chapter Nine-It Pays to be a Winner
  • Chapter Ten-The Deed is All Not the Glory
  • Chapter Eleven-No Plan Survives First Contact with the Enemy
  • Chapter Twelve-Can You Stand Before the Long Green Table?
  • Chapter Thirteen-Always Have a Swimbuddy
  • Chapter Fourteen-Take it One Evolution at a Time
  • Chapter Fifteen—Never Ring the Bell
  • Conclusion
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