In this anthology titled, "Camouflaged Sisters: Leadership Through the Eyes of Senior Military Women Leaders", I'm fortunate to contribute my chapter, "Beyond Competence". The book is really a leadership toolkit which examines the grit, perseverance, and determination it takes to rise through military ranks as a woman in uniform.
An anthology is a collection of short stories. This leadership anthology provides an opportunity for the potential reader to gain insights on various aspects of leadership as they move from chapter to chapter. Each of the twelve contributing authors served at least 20 years in one of the military branches. I served 27 years in the greatest Army on the planet and was fortunate to retire in the rank of colonel.
My chapter is titled, 'Beyond Competence'. The reader gets a birds eye view of the profound impact my battalion commander and mentor had on my professional career when I was a brand new lieutenant. While serving at my first duty station in the US Army was at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of the Airborne I had an epiphany My revelation was that competence was not enough to be an effective and productive leader.
I'm excited to collaborate with the visionary author, Lila Holley. She led the effort of gathering 12 trailblazing women Veteran leaders recount tales of the adversity they faced to gain the trust of their Troops, earn the respect of their peers, and make promotion. Lila is a combat veteran and retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer Four. She is the multiple award-winning, Amazon bestselling visionary author behind the Camouflaged Sisters book series.
I'm excited for you to read 'Beyond Competence' as well as the other chapters in the book, 'Camouflaged Sisters: Leadership Through the Eyes of Senior Military Women Leaders'. I know you will be blessed. Pre-order your copy here. The official Release is in September 2019.
This is my second book. The first one is titled, "BRONCO STRONG: A Memoir of the Last Deployed Personnel Services Battalion". It's a good read. Get your copy here.
Angela M. Odom, Colonel Retired, US Army
Founder & CEO, The Better U Project, LLC