General Robert Shadley Speaking
General Robert Shadley

Retired Major General Bob Shadley – Speaker and Trainer

“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”

These words by Major General Robert Shadley are at the core of his convictions. They are also the foundation of his speeches and training sessions.

General Shadley is called upon to speak and train on sexual harassment/assault response and prevention at U.S. Army bases around the country. He also serves as a leading expert to a national newspaper, radio and television news organizations on the subject of sexual assault in the military.

“Don’t underestimate the power you have as a military, business or organizational leader, especially over young people.”

Shadley’s leadership lessons from serving in the U.S. Army are clear, tangible and applicable. His experience of unraveling a military sex scandal, assault response, reporting and getting help to victims, provides valuable insight and training for all ranks of military and civilian personnel.

“If you take care of your people, reward the good and correct the bad, the mission will be achieved and you and your organization will succeed.”


The book is a portrait of leadership in crisis. Anyone involved in Army training would find it instructive and useful to read this compelling and candid chronicle. The more MG Shadley learned, the more he realized how tolerance of such practices profoundly affects the quality of the force.

Mary B. French, Editor Chief, Army Magazine

This is a real story about leading through crisis, with a focus on doing the right thing. These lessons apply to all who serve in a leadership role within any organization.

The Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.

Over the years, I have had the fortune, or misfortune, to sit in on many classes and lectures. Yours was perhaps the best one. You have a very interesting way of blending meaningful concepts with real-life experiences in ways that provides depth and believability to important managerial practices.

Fred Zimmerman, Professor Emeritus

General Shadley provided BMO Harris Bank’s regional sales team valuable insights into leadership that inspired our team at a critical time of change (conversion to BMO Harris from M&I). The General’s engaging speech provided insightful tips on ‘Passing the Baton’ and managing through crisis and change. Our team left motivated and ready to work together to grow our business!

Lynn Groll, Bank Manager & Vice President