• Let Them Lead

  • Unexpected Lessons in Leadership from America's Worst High School Hockey Team
  • By: John U. Bacon
  • Narrated by: John U. Bacon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An uplifting leadership book about a coach who helped transform the nation’s worst high school hockey team into one of the best. Bacon’s strategy is straightforward: set high expectations, make them accountable to each other, and inspire them all to lead their team.

When John U. Bacon played for the Ann Arbor Huron High School River Rats, he never scored a goal. Yet somehow, years later he found himself leading his alma mater’s downtrodden program. How bad? The team hadn’t won a game in over a year, making them the nation’s worst squad—a fact they celebrated. With almost everyone expecting more failure, Bacon made it special to play for Huron by making it hard, which inspired the players to excel. Then he defied conventional wisdom again by putting the players in charge of team discipline, goal-setting, and even decision-making—and it worked. In just three seasons the River Rats bypassed 95-percent of the nation’s teams.

A true story filled with unforgettable characters, stories, and lessons that apply to organizations everywhere, Let Them Lead includes the leader’s mistakes and the reactions of the players, who have since achieved great success as leaders themselves. Let Them Lead is a fast-paced, feel-good book that leaders of all kinds can embrace to motivate their teams to work harder, work together, and take responsibility for their own success.

©2021 John U. Bacon, LLC (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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This is an incredible tale to motivate you at the heart of what really matters.

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Inspirational

Actionable points in leading no matter what your job description might be.
Love the hockey story intertwined in all the inspiration.

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Great Inspiring Story for Managers

This is a very inspiring story for any manager that is taking over an under performing team. This particular story will especially resonate with anyone with a competitive sports background. Coach Bacon's analogorical recall of his HS hockey teams are easily followed as he shows the practical application to the business world.

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Engaging and actionable

I was looking for something that spoke on how to be a more effective and empathetic leader, and this book delivered. I'm not a hockey fan in the slightest, but I was also compelled by the stories woven throughout! You won't regret getting this book.

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Loved this book!

Even if you're not a fan of hockey (I am and I loved hearing the story of the team) there is such amazing, usable team insight for everyone. I will absolutely be listening again and picking up a hardcopy.

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Best Leadership Book

I may be biased as a former River Rat athlete and Huron Track and Field coach, but this was one of the best books on leadership I’ve read in a long, long time. Bacon does an excellent job of weaving sports storytelling with leadership principles that are suitable for any industry, and hammers the points home with a simple review at the end of each chapter.

I’ll happily read this again to reconnect with the principles he shares as well as the colleagues I’ve fallen out of touch with…and have already wholeheartedly recommended to some of my teaching colleagues. It is unfortunate for my current management, that they are now held to the Huron Hockey standards…but hopefully they will grow to meet the challenge as Bacon’s teams did.

Go Rats!

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MUST-READ FOR EVERY CULTURE-BUILDER!

"Let Them Lead" is an amazing story that outlines the process of what it takes to turn a program's culture around. John U. Bacon's experience with his hockey team is easily transferable to other sports or organizations. This book will elevate the leadership skills of everyone who reads it.

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A great set of coaching tales!

Really enjoyed this book because it laid out some important points about coaching in typical John U Bacon style. Easy to listen to.

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Applying Leadership Lessons

Great book by fellow River Rats John Bacon! Get this book or Audible version!
John Bacon recounts his 4 years coaching an Ann Arbor, MI high school ice hockey team from a lackluster program to a driven and successful program by following two principles: work hard and support your teammates. John Bacon explains how these rules can be applied to business. Wonderful and heartfelt stories about the kids and their experiences in shaping a domineering hockey team. Bacon learned that all he had to do was inspire the kids and let them lead!
I opted for the audio version and enjoyed Bacon's drive and gritty voice to drive the story. Recommended!

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Another Great book from John U. Bacon

This has a little of everything for everyone. Great hockey stories, leadership tecniques and everyday lessons. Always worth the time. Enjoy