Lead Well

Ken Falke

Leadership (verb) lead·er·ship: Helping others arrive at an end result they could not achieve on their own.

Whether you’ve led for years or are new to the role, being a leader is a responsibility that doesn’t come with instructions. Many leadership books focus strictly on tips for the business world. Others offer analysis but lack strategy, while most are confounding and complicated. To be a leader in today’s world, whether in your personal or professional life, you need a simple philosophy—one with proven results.

In Lead Well, leadership consultant and serial entrepreneur Ken Falke introduces you to the ten principles you need to become an impactful leader. With tactics that are easy to understand and even easier to implement, this book is packed with Ken’s insight from more than four decades in business, nonprofit, and military leadership. You’ll learn how to be the best version of yourself before inspiring others to contribute ideas and accomplish goals. Good leaders know that character and morals matter as much as profit and loss. Lead Well is your practical guide for understanding the leader within and becoming the person you need and want to be.

Press & Praise

Chuck Hagel, 24th Secretary of Defense, former US Senator, veteran of the Vietnam War

There are many excellent books written on the subject of leadership. Ken Falke's unique contribution is a real-life story of leadership—its responsibilities, consequences, and limitations. And how it's woven into the fabric of organizations, institutions, and every segment of society.

Kathy Postel Kretman, PhD, Director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership, Georgetown University

Ken Falke, in his extraordinary book, Lead Well, demystifies leadership and makes it accessible for all of us. He achieves a marvelous synthesis of inspiration, honesty, and practical strategies for both current and emerging leaders. His own leadership experience in all sectors provides the authenticity that makes this book invaluable.

John R. DiJulius III, author of The Relationship Economy

There is no person I have more respect for than Ken Falke, both professionally and personally. Ken has done it all: a bestselling author, a highly respected leader in the US Navy, and four successful entrepreneurial startups, two for-profits and two nonprofits. In every case, Ken has done it the only way he knows how to—putting others first—and making a significant impact on everyone he comes in contact with.

Ken Falke spent twenty-one years in the US Navy as a bomb disposal specialist, leading troops on thousands of high-risk missions. After retiring from the Navy in 2002, Ken started his first company, A-T Solutions, a counter-terrorism company, and in 2008 sold the business. In 2011, Ken started his second company, Shoulder 2 Shoulder, and sold his stock to his business partner in 2017. In addition to Ken’s two for-profit companies, he founded two nonprofit organizations, beginning with the EOD Warrior Foundation to support the families of severely wounded military bomb disposal personnel. This work inspired Ken and his family to donate thirty-seven acres of their estate in Bluemont, Virginia, and millions of dollars to build Boulder Crest Foundation in 2013—the nation’s first privately funded wellness center dedicated exclusively to combat veterans, first responders, and their families—and go on to establish Boulder Crest Arizona and the Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth in 2017.

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