Blogs, Books & Speaking

Ed is a speaker, author, and historian who shares his business knowledge and military experience in person and in print, using history to help modern organizations identify and apply timeless principles of leadership.


January 29, 2018

Does Your Team Know What You Expect (or Do You Just Assume They Do)?

July 1, 1863. It is still dark when Major General John Reynolds (pictured) and the combat veterans of the US First Corps begin a forced march […]
January 29, 2018

How to Tell If You’re a Micro-Manager

  You can’t really talk about micro-managing without also talking about its opposite: the manager who doesn’t coach, doesn’t give enough guidance, who is absent or […]
January 19, 2016

“I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.”

Have you ever bragged about how little sleep you got before you showed up at a meeting a continent away after taking a red-eye flight? Have […]


Ed is the author of eleven books, including Duty First: West Point and the Making of American Leaders, a study of leader development at the US Military Academy; and Combat Jump: The Young Men Who Led the Assault Into Fortress Europe, July 1943, which became a one-hour docudrama on The History Channel. Ed is also the co-author of The Leader’s Compass, a fictional story of how one leader developed a personal leadership philosophy. His most recent book is The First Men In: US Paratroopers and the Fight to Save D-Day.

Speaking Engagements

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Ed Ruggero’s presentations inspire audiences and teach important lessons about leadership, leader development, ethics and creating a winning culture. He has appeared on CNN, The History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and CNBC and has spoken to audiences around the world on leadership, leader development and ethics. He also has been a guest speaker at Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Ed tailors each talk to support the business goals of the group he is addressing.

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