There are thousands of books in print that discuss leadership, but Charles Ray, a successful leader of government organizations (military and civilian) for over forty years, believes that there was need for one that addresses leadership from a practitioner’s viewpoint. Things I Learned from My Grandmother About Leadership and Life is that book. This small book gives the nuts and bolts of leadership, written in plain language and using real-life examples, intended for the busy executive or manager who doesn’t have time to wade through thick academic prose and page after page of charts and tables. Whether you are an experienced leader or just an aspiring leader, you will find the lessons Charles Ray learned from his grandmother useful in making you a better leader.
A native of Tenaha, in rural east Texas, Charles Ray joined the U.S. Army in 1962, serving in many leadership positions until his retirement in 1982. He entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 1982 and served in a number of diplomatic posts in Asia and Africa as well as the United States. He has been the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and the United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia. In 1998 he became the first American Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam. During the 2005-2006 academic year, Ray served as the U.S. State Department Diplomat-in-Residence at the University of Houston and was responsible for recruiting Foreign Service and State Department employees in south Texas. In 2006 he was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Affairs, responsible to the Secretary of Defense for policy development and oversight of all programs relating to the protection of official Americans serving abroad, and accounting for the fallen from all the nation’s wars.
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