Book Reviews & Testimonials

“A man of character, integrity, and energy, retired Lieutenant Colonel Oakland McCulloch, draws upon his 23 years of experience as an Officer in the United States Army to provide practical and very relevant examples of leadership in his presentation that will leave you inspired, motivated, and ready to lead or take your leadership role to the next level”.

Joe Campion, Associate Director Admissions, Duquesne University

"As we continue to try to connect and engage our prospective students with our campus and community, leadership initiatives are always top of mind for our students and offer many key takeaways for them to learn as young adults. Lt. Col (Retired) McCulloch has graciously hosted a very popular Academic Showcase mock class based around leadership and growing as a leader over the last 3 years for our prospective students to experience during their time on Stetson’s campus for one of our Open Houses. This class has resonated with many different students no matter what their area of academic interest and provides an in-depth experience and engaging way to look at leadership and how to grow as a leader. Knowing that our prospective students love this class so much, I am looking forward to reading his book!"

Dana Dolbow, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at High Point University

"I have witnessed Oak McCulloch’s theory and practice of leadership transform, inspire and instill in young adults the confidence and the capacity to lead in real time. Armed with the wisdom of experience, like Oak himself, his teaching is tough minded, clear eyed and approachable. Achieving historic levels of ROTC cadet enrollments at our institution was not the only proof of Oak’s mastery of the subject and ability to connect and support the young men and women he taught and led. When we asked him to teach sample classes and summer leadership camps for High School and college age students, surveys of attendees were invariably among the most well received and indicated demonstrated impact on their understanding of themselves and of leadership principles. Making his teachings available in this new book will advance the cause and allow for optimism in the leadership abilities of the next generation."

Joel Bauman, Senior Vice President for Enrollment, Duquesne University

"This book is one of the best books I've read on leadership principles. It reminded me of a number of leadership points and strategies from my own education, training and experience while providing some new tips. I certainly would recommend this book for required reading in a 300 or 400 level college management class. I really enjoyed the discussion of a variety of leadership principles then providing examples of its practical application. LTC McCulloch hit the homerun with this book. Well done Sir."

Brad Lasswell, Ret. Deputy Chief of Police - Administration, Belvidere, Il. Police Department

"Unique, Methodical Perspective on Leadership. LTC McCulloch is a BORN leader, and it’s no surprise that he wrote this book. That being said, this is an excellent, easy read for established leaders and aspiring leaders, alike. LTC McCulloch lays out 10 compartmentalized chapters about leadership for his audience to read and reflect upon. Each chapter is complete with a ‘key takeaways and reflections’ section and even a ‘Notes’ page for the reader to write in at the end before the next chapter begins. You will find this piece chock full of excellent motivational and leadership quotes, LTC McCulloch’s unique humor, and real-world examples from both his military and civilian life. This purchase is well worth the investment in your future as a leader, and in the future of the people you intend to lead!"

Azure House - Amazon Review

"As a head women’s basketball coach for 26 years, I have come across many leadership strategies, but Oakland McCulloch's leadership lessons are the best I’ve ever learned and ultimately implemented. I was so impressed that I asked him to teach his lessons to my team. He has made all of us better equipped to lead, especially through these current challenging times. Oakland’s leadership strategies are timeless and will help you become the leader you are meant to be."

Lynn Bria, Head Coach for Stetson University’s Women’s Basketball Team

"I have been here at Stetson University for the past nine years, rebuilding its football program from scratch after a 56-year hiatus. I have known Lt. Col. Oakland McCulloch for most of those years. During that time, Oak has given his lecture on leadership and what it takes to become a great leader numerous times to my team. Each time our players and coaches have incorporated and implemented the very points Oak stresses during these lectures and the results have been remarkable - we had the second-best turnaround nationally in FCS Football in 2018 (we went from 2-9 to 8-2 in one year). Additionally, working with Oak has helped totally change our team’s culture from one of selfishness and blaming to one of accountability and selflessness.

When I heard Oak was writing a book incorporating these leadership principles, I was both thrilled and concerned: I was thrilled to hear that leaders, or aspiring leaders, of other organizations would have the benefit of Oak’s expertise, leading to the enhancement of their leadership skills. As a net result, their organizations will benefit and improve. I was concerned because some of those organizations may be other football teams we play, making it more difficult to beat them.

If you are a leader, or want to become the leader, of an organization, I highly recommend you read this book. I further recommend you have your senior leadership team read it as well. His principles have stood the test of time and have successfully worked across various organizations from a tank battalion to a food back. They will work for your organization too. My hope is that those who read this book will become the leaders they want to be, and exactly the leader that helps their organization thrive."

Dr. Roger A. Hughes, President of Doane University, former Head Football Coach of Stetson University

"This book is laid out in a very readable format, accessible to all who desire to increase their leadership potential. As the author discusses the concepts in each chapter, he provides helpful personal examples from his own professional journey which drive his points home. I particularly liked that this book provides bullet point summaries at the end of each chapter along with a place for notes. Though I am retired, I felt like I should get my highlighter out since it's never too late to become a leader. Seems like a 'must read' for any high school or even college curriculum. My daughter is actually planning to take it to her high school to have them review it for that purpose."

Virginia Lady - Amazon Review

"Had the pleasure of meeting @LtcOakland this week and just finished his book. EXCELLENT leadership primer for new leaders, and a great refresher for those with some time under their belts. Perfect gift for graduates, newly commissioned officers, and NCOs. Great work, Oak!"

Tom Sauer, former Navy Bono Squad / Naval Academy ‘06