The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience, and Leadership in the Most Male-Dominated Organization in the World

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Harvard Business Review Press
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6.3 X 9.2 X 0.9 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Shannon Huffman Polson served as one of the first women to fly the Apache helicopter in the US Army. In addition to her military service, she earned her MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and spent five years leading and managing in the corporate sector, at Guidant and Microsoft. She is the founder of the Grit Institute and speaks frequently on topics related to leadership, courage, resilience, and grit. She and her husband, Peter, live in Washington State and have two energetic sons.

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" intelligent and informative book on leadership authored by an inspiring woman is an essential addition to one's library." -- School Administrator (AASA)

Bronze Medal Winner for Best Women/Minorities in Business Book in the 2021 Axiom Business Book Awards

"... it will help inform leaders at any level who want to build strong inclusive cultures within their organizations." -- Army magazine

"The book draws together both Huffman Polson's experience and that of other high ranking women in the US military. Together their insights form an easy to follow structure that allows any current or aspiring female leader to understand what really drives them and build confidence and resilience." -- Financial Times

Advance Praise for The Grit Factor:

"If you aspire to become an outstanding leader, this book is a must-read." -- Amy McGrath, Lieutenant Colonel, US Marine Corps, Retired; candidate (2020), US Senate (D - KY)

"I wish the working world was such that we didn't need The Grit Factor, but we do need it. With a jillion books out there on leadership, this one is truly one of a kind, a giant and unique step forward. I can imagine it dramatically changing thousands of lives. And though men are not the primary audience, we can all learn from the amazing stories and practical steps laid out here in plain English. Bravo, Shannon Polson!" -- Tom Peters, coauthor, In Search of Excellence

"Shannon Polson's story and the stories of the remarkable military women she profiles, as well as the essential leadership principles and techniques these stories illustrate, will inspire and instruct new generations of leaders in any context. A must-read." -- General Charles C. Krulak, US Marine Corps, Retired, 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps

"With compelling and page-turning stories of resilience and adaptability, The Grit Factor is a groundbreaking book about women who took on the stereotypes and blew right past them. Practical, accessible, and inspirational, this is the leadership book we've been waiting for." -- Sydney Finkelstein, professor, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth; bestselling author, Superbosses; host, The Sydcast

"The hard truth is that we have a long way to go before women are treated equally, at work and elsewhere. Until then, we need The Grit Factor. Shannon Polson has it, and she showcases it in the inspiring and instructive stories of these amazing women leaders." -- Tina Morris, Chief Operating Officer, S&P Global Ratings; US Army veteran