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The Fieldcraft of Leadership

Coming August 2024

“I had the great fortune of having worked for numerous amazing leaders throughout my career. I honestly believe it would be a disservice to not pass on the lessons they taught me to the next generation of leaders. Having these lessons summarized in a way that I have in ‘The Fieldcraft of Leadership’ would have benefited me greatly throughout my career. Mastery is achieved through experience and knowledge that’s not necessarily taught in a school. Each skill is honed, fine-tuned, tweaked, and rehearsed to the point of mastery. It demands more than textbook knowledge.”
- Korey Staley
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About The Book

Consolidated in this book are the best leadership traits, characteristics, and techniques that were learned and developed over a twenty-two-year military career.

Fieldcraft is the information, techniques, and methods passed down over time from one person to another that teaches expertise, tips, tricks you can’t learn in a handbook. In the military, you go to “leadership schools” where you learn tactics, structure, etc. – essentially everything except the technique of how to lead and influence people.

Korey has spent years consolidating the most successful aspects of what it is to be a great leader, how to inspire others – from personal experience in the military and learned from other military leaders. He has identified and defined the unspoken lessons which impacted him from a young soldier into the eventual experienced senior leader.

Starting with building trust and respect, Korey shares the importance of, and how to implement these leadership traits within oneself. His goal is to bridge the gap in education of technical knowledge and the emotional intelligence required to be the most effective leader possible.

What is it that makes some leaders so capable of influencing while others struggle?

How have leaders throughout history been able to influence soldiers at the potential risk of their own life for their team?

Korey explains the commander’s intent and dives into the methods for building that trust and loyalty of a soldier, or team member, who is willing to give his all.  He is passing down the fieldcraft of leadership he’s learned to future generations of young and experienced leaders alike.

About the Author

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Korey Staley was born and raised in Atlantic, Iowa where he enjoyed all things outdoors and was active in many sports. After finishing high school, he did what many young people do, he joined the Army. For the next twenty-two years Korey served as a highly decorated and accomplished Infantryman with over three years deployed to different combat zones. Earning several Bronze Star Medals with Valor and earning qualifications such as Airborne, Ranger, and Drill Sergeant just to name a few. This exceptional career showed him unique insights into leadership, prompting him to write his first book, The Fieldcraft of Leadership. Korey believes in passing on knowledge so future generations can benefit from the experience and hardship of those who have gone before. Korey retired a U.S Army First Sergeant having directly led over 400 men and women many of which were in combat.  His time in uniform may be over but his dedication to serving others continues. He currently resides in Spokane, Washington where he contracts to the U.S. Air Force as an instructor for the SERE (Survive, Evade, Resist, Escape) course.

“As a former military officer, and someone with an advanced degree in organizational leadership, I’ve spent over 20 years studying, working in, and developing leadership. In all that time I consider the time spent with Korey to have been the most valuable to me.”

– Patrick Heringer 

“[Korey Staley] blended elements of a natural leader and tactician with a calm and patient personality. Just by speaking to him, I knew that he could bring calm and experience into any situation. He had some of the best Coup d’oeil (the ability to see the tactical aspects of a situation in an instant) that I have ever seen. SFC Staley’s tactical abilities devised courses of actions that at times were superior to the entire number of officers combined in my company.”

– Antonio Salinas

Korey has been sited, discussed, and consulted in numerous books to include:

  • 8 Seconds of Courage: A Soldier’s Story from Immigrant to Medal of Honor – Florent Groberg

  • Siren’s Song: The Allure of War – Antonio Salinas

  • Last Journey: A Father and Son in Wartime - Darrell Griffin

  • To War with the Fourth: A Century of Frontline Combat with the U.S. 4th Infantry Division, from the Argonne to the Ardennes to      Afghanistan – Martin King, Jason Nulton, Mike Collins


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