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Accomplishing the Impossible

Leadership That Launched Revolutionary Change

Foreword by Joe Dunford
Published by Knox Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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A journey back in time to learn to be revolutionary leaders and managers!

Accomplishing the Impossible draws contemporary leadership lessons from the events and people that were central to the beginning of the American Revolution. Retired general, scholar, and educator William E. Rapp, cuts through the popular mythology around the Boston Campaign and applies the historical lessons to challenges faced by today’s business and public sector leaders. By doing so, he inspires today’s leaders to view contemporary leadership and change management through a fresh lens.
“At a time when our nation is emerging from multiple crises, one often hears cries for better leadership. But what virtues must our leaders possess and how do we develop those qualities in ourselves and others?  Major General Bill Rapp (ret.) tells us in Accomplishing the Impossible: Leadership That Launched Revolutionary Change. In this well-researched and elegantly written book about the unsung heroes who helped win our nation’s independence, an accomplished warrior-scholar tells compelling stories that teach us not only how to spot and grow effective and principled leaders, but also how to become better leaders ourselves.” —H.R. McMaster, author of Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World
 
“An outstanding primer on leadership all the more exceptional for breathing life into events that occurred nearly 250 years ago. Bill Rapp teases out lessons in leadership that are as germane to business as they are to the military and are as applicable today as they were in the first years of the American Revolution. A unique resource for leaders looking to maximize the potential of their organizations.” —Peter R. Mansoor, Mason Chair of Military History, Ohio State University, Author, Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War

William E. Rapp is a retired Army major general, educator, college administrator, and proven leader with over thirty-three years of military service—including eighteen years of senior management and education experience leading positive change in large and diverse organizations of up to 17,000 personnel in the United States and in international settings. He is a combat veteran of three wars, a former president of a graduate college, and well-known for collegiality, innovation, consensus building, and inspiring positive change. To planning legislative strategies for policies and funding of the U.S. Army, to supplying all needs of the 160,000 military forces in Afghanistan, to managing water resources in the western United States, and directing the research efforts of a think tank, General Rapp is highly practiced in organizational assessments, visioning, strategic planning, execution, and aligning purpose in organizations facing complex problems. He has significant personal history as a team builder and a well-known professional reputation for developing ethical, courageous, and creative leaders.