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Home of the Brave

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“This is the perfect book for our uncertain times. Our country has been able to rise to the occasion time after time to retain its position as a world leader. Thanks, Richard and Hyrum, for reminding us that we can do it again.” -Ken Blanchard, Co-Author of The One-Minute Manager and Leading at a Higher Level

Conquering today’s global crises and challenges demands consistent and capable leadership.

We need leaders who are agile and adaptive to the complexities of our interconnected world. We need leaders who can think critically and creatively while maintaining balance in their lives.

Drawing examples from several great American leaders, Home of the Brave reinforces the vital role of servant leadership during some of our nation’s most trying times. It inspires us to look to our past when facing the uncertainties of the future.

Home of the Brave is about meeting our individual challenges and the challenges of those we care about and care for.

It is about finding the time-proven principles in the historical DNA of great Americans that we can draw on –- not only for strength but for practical insight and action that can make the most challenging times manageable.

Leaders Highlighted

Home of the Brave uses the lives and examples of America’s great leaders to illustrate the principles and techniques that can help you overcome adversity. Here are some of the leaders examined and the lessons learned from their lives:

George Washington
George Washington’s example during the Revolutionary War teaches that effective leadership is found in humility, trust, and putting the needs of those you lead and serve above your own.

Abigail Adams
Abigail Adams typifies the important role and significant influence women have, both in colonial times and the subsequent history of the United States.

Francis Scott Key
Francis Scott Key penned the words to the “Star Spangled Banner,” powerfully demonstrating the truth that how we look at what is going on around us affects our response to challenging times.

John Barry
John, Barry, a naval captain during the Revolutionary War, used innovative techniques to capture several British supply ships and give a much-needed morale boost to American troops.

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln held together a divided country in the face of much political strife and personal tragedy, reminding us that sometimes all we can do is hang on and wait for the light to come.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight Eisenhower faced many decisions affecting the success of the D-Day invasion during World War II. His decision-making process can help each of us make tough decisions today.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. looked at the difficulties of ending segregation and discrimination in America, and refused to accept the common belief of the time that these could never be overcome.

John F. Kennedy
President Kennedy faced a standoff with the Soviet Union in Cuba that almost triggered a nuclear war. Using all the tools at his disposal, he created a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

Ronald Reagan
President Reagan acted on his diplomatic instincts, in spite of opposition from his cabinet and military leaders, to initiate dialogue with the Soviet Union, which ultimately led to the end of the Cold War.

About Co-Author Richard L. Godfrey

Richard Godfrey is a co-founder of The Galileo Initiative and an internationally-recognized speaker and writer on leadership. For more than 20 years he has traveled the globe helping leaders identify the issues and skills necessary to lead effectively. While at FranklinCovey Co., he was recognized as the “International Consultant with Greatest Value to Clients.”

Richard and his wife, Heather, reside in Salt Lake City, Utah. They are the parents of two children, Jonathan and Rachel.

Praise for Home of the Brave

“Hyrum Smith and Richard Godfrey powerfully capture the strength of our unrelenting American spirit of courage, innovation, and a never-quit certainty that we can conquer the challenges surrounding us. Inspiring, optimistic, and timely, Home of the Brave is a cultural keystone reminding us that high trust, accountability, and effective leadership can move mountains, stanch floods, and help us grow forward as individual leaders and a nation united for positive change.” -Stephen M. R. Covey, Author of the New York Times Bestseller The Speed of Trust

“Every American should read this book. I would especially recommend it to all members of Congress, as a reminder of who we are and how we deal with challenging times.” -Jake Garn, Former U.S. Senator & Astronaut

“America’s history is painted with detail throughout this book. Each story builds on the one before, as the reader gets a taste of what our forefathers went through. Home of the Brave shows how we are a part of this same legacy. As you read and devour the detail of how our nation was built and how Americans have faced many challenging times, you will realize, as I did, that we can successfully confront challenging times that loom ahead. Our nation was built by “the brave” and still lives on by “the brave.” This is who we are.” -Sergeant Jill Stevens, U.S. Army Combat Medic & Miss Utah 2007

“This is the perfect book for our uncertain times. Our country has been able to rise to the occasion time after time to retain its position as a world leader. Thanks, Richard and Hyrum, for reminding us that we can do it again.” -Ken Blanchard, Co-Author of The One-Minute Manager and Leading at a Higher Level

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