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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What I Learned about Leadership from My Dog

Author John Covington relates dog training to managing people in the workplace in the thoughtful and inspiring new book, What I Learned about Leadership from My Dog. While training the newest addition to his family, a German Shepherd named Maggie, Covington realized the correlation between dogs and people. He discovered the leadership and relationship building required to work with dogs is exactly the same as with people. So he began using dog training as a “laboratory” for learning leadership skills, since canines provide instant and honest feedback. 

Covington breaks his book up between true — and sometimes knee-slapping — stories of his experience as a chief executive officer and the training of Maggie and other dogs. The stories quickly show the hidden connection between the two types of leadership. Covington is a trainer and handler of working dogs and CEO of Chesapeake Consulting. He was educated at the US Naval Academy and the University of Alabama, earning a BS in Chemical Engineering. He is active in community affairs and has written four previous books.  

What I Learned about Leadership from My Dog is available in softcover (ISBN 978-1-62137-110-6), hardcover (ISBN 978-1-62137-129-8)  and eBook (ISBN 978-1-62137-111-3) from,, and This book can also be ordered from most bookstores around the United States and United Kingdom. More information can be found at the author’s website,  


  1. wow interesting way of looking at it!

  2. This sounds like a wonderful book to read! Thanks :-)

  3. I love dog stories! This looks really good :)

  4. I am going to have to find this. It sounds like something I would love to read.