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“We have never needed courageous leaders more than we do now!”
-Ron Ward

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In his book, Ron shares powerful, firsthand accounts to help us navigate the dirty side of leadership. He provides practical guidance on how to act when things don’t go as planned and tough situations arise. It is both action-oriented and engaging. Simply put, I wish I had this book when I started out as an entrepreneur.

Now, more than ever, the world needs effective leaders.  Whether at home with our children or with colleagues in the workplace, we all lead in various ways.

Ron’s lessons are just as applicable in those environments as they are in government service.

Get ready - you’re in for a real treat. 

Justin L. Fulcher

Founder and former CEO of RingMD

As a 20 year “survivor” of leadership positions in both the private and government sectors, I wish this book was available when I first began my leadership journey, it certainly would have saved me some time, energy and heartache. As any good leader knows, there certainly is a “dirty side” to leadership.

The Dirty Lessons integrated throughout the book are priceless and on point as they relate to leadership. Ron has hit a home run with The Dirty Side of Leadership.

Greg Forest

Retired Chief U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer

In my life of trying to improve in my leadership of others, I have often picked up the latest book on leadership. It was my hope to find a nice simple plan that I could implement. Something that would keep the messiness away, eliminate the mistakes, smooth over the bumps.  What I often find are books filled with philosophy and strategy but very little practicality and authenticity. Ron’s book is real. It is written from a real leader’s perspective.

He doesn’t pretend to wow you with all the great things he has done but he’s more interested in being honest. I love his authenticity of sharing real stories of ups and downs. You won’t find this in a typical leadership book. All successful leaders have to navigate the dirty side from time to time. I encourage you to allow Ron to help you navigate yours!

Tim Riddle

CEO, Discover Blind Spots LLC

Ron Ward is a relational and authentic leader, no matter the setting or audience. I’ve worked with Ron on various team-development initiatives over the past 25 years. and I’ve witnessed his leadership and management which has been driven with an individual focus and all-inclusive impact!

As a 20-year-veteran of student development in higher education, and long-time advisor and emotional intelligence coach for Millennial and Generation Z leaders, the Dirty Side of Leadership is a must-read for emerging leaders working to affect healthy and lasting change!

Steve Gallagher

Founder, IDEATE Coaching & Consulting, Executive Director of Student Affairs, 
University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Ron is a leader in government that everyone can learn from. His personal stories and experiences can benefit anyone. The Dirty Side of Leadership is a must read for those who lead and supervise others.

James Gregorius

Associate Director for Operations, 
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, Retired

Chief Ward takes you on a leadership journey from start to finish. There are so many lessons and take aways, not only for the current or new manager, but for those individuals looking to lead.  One walks away from this book with the knowledge that leadership and learning lessons are on every road traveled.

Craig Penet

President of the Federal Probation
and Pretrial Officers Association

In the Dirty Side of Leadership, Ron provides intimate details into his life and the early years of his career, while depicting the growth into a leadership role. Using his intelligence and dedication to his career in Federal law enforcement and management, along with his ability to convey the dirty lessons within the scope of the story, allows the reader to experience the process that is necessary to be a successful manager. Fantastic experience and delivery of knowledge to become an effective manager that was also very entertaining.

Kimberly Triplett


DO, Medical Director

I have known Ron Ward both personally and professionally for the past 12 years and cannot think of anyone who, as Academy Director, has done more to advance the cause of wellness throughout the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services system. As a person and leader who has been tried and tested in both his personal and professional life, Ron’s ability to persevere through the many challenges undoubtedly comes from the holistic approach he takes to leadership. In the Dirty Side of Leadership, Ron conveys his unwavering passion and commitment to serve others and provides the anecdote for leaders to thrive, not just survive, every facet of their lives. Ron’s presentation style and powerful message is effective and appeals to all audiences.

Rich Elias

Founder, Rich Elias Consulting – LLC

Most leadership books are a waste of time, portraying strategies with irrepressible optimism that all bad employees can be turned good, all problems are opportunities for better times, and being a boss can be all fun and games. The truth is being a boss is not always a day at a sunny beach, sometimes it is gut wrenchingly hard. The Dirty Side of Leadership is the book that finally details ways leaders can prepare for, as well as respond to, the most difficult times all decision makers will eventually face. A fun treat to read, this book is a highly rewarding experience for both new and experienced leaders.

Doug Burris


Retired Chief U.S. Probation Officer 
and subject of the 2016 movie Out of the Box

LEADERSHIP SCENARIO BASED TRAINING

The live sessions culminates with dynamic role play where leaders practice their communication skills from the framework provided. This exercise is designed to make uncomfortable conversations more comfortable.

ONE-ON-ONE COACHING

Ron provides one-on-one coaching for leaders. These sessions are designed for managers and leaders who want to become motivated to maximize their output, become more organized, more decisive, and have a safe space to discuss their challenges.

One On One Coaching

Leaders in Crisis Coaching

Ron is certified in Crisis and Stress Management. Don’t suffer another day, schedule your appointment now.

About Ron

Ron Ward is the author of the Amazon best seller, The Dirty Side of Leadership, speaker, and founder and CEO of 4Ward Operations (Leadership Coaching). He previously served as the Academy Director of the Federal Probation and Pretrial Services Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Charleston, South Carolina. Ron also oversaw the US Probation and Pretrial National Wellness Committee. As academy director, Ron was responsible for training all newly hired U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers, and the certification and recertification of the agency’s firearms, safety, and search team instructors…

The Fundamentals of Leadership

Increase Your Leadership Skills and Set Yourself Apart From the Rest.

This 8-hour, self-paced course is filled with practical stories, props, videos and has 20 contributors from Hollywood to the hills of West Virginia. These contributors come from various backgrounds and experience levels to help you go to the next level.

Interview Skills to Land Your Dream Job

Be Prepared For Your Next Interview

This 30-minute course is packed with valuable content to prepare you for your next interview and put you on the path to land your dream job!

  • A comprehensive participant guide
  • Pitfalls to avoid during the interview process
  • How to answer traditional interview questions
  • How to answer “out of the box questions” that more companies are starting to ask
  • Best practices for virtual interviews
  • Addressing Covid-related queations
  • Interview methods that work in every industry
  • How to use transition words to keep you on point when answering questions
  • How to deliver an assumptive close
  • 5 Characteristics that CEO’s and Executives are looking for in a candidate
  • Observe a live coaching event in session
  • Special Bonus: How to approach salary negotiations

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