Navigate The Climb

In Navigate the Climb, Major General (retired) Maria L. Britt shares the culmination of her experiences—and the crucial lessons she’s learned therein—from thirty-five years spent in both military and civilian leadership environments.

Maria L. Britt

Retired General and Servant Leader

Praise for Navigate the Climb


“The next generation of women leaders can thank Maria Britt for her straight-up advice and clear insights into navigating both personal and professional leadership success. Her recounting of the challenges of being ‘the first’ as she broke the glass ceiling on multiple levels without women role models makes for a compelling read and road map. Her book is a powerful testimony to striving and thriving in a male-dominated environment. Great job on paying it forward.”

—Jeffery Tobias Halter

President, YWomen – Corporate Gender Consulting

“I have known Maria for over twenty years as her mentor and friend. Rarely have I met someone who is in such command of her life and as resilient as Maria. Her hard-won lessons in her professional and personal life are a must-read guidebook as you navigate the climb. It will strengthen your journey.”

—Jane S. Goldner, PhD

Author of Women Driven to Success: You Can Have It YOUR All


“Major General (retired) Maria Britt’s whole life has been about shattering glass ceilings and beating long odds by following her True North. In Navigate the Climb, she draws from the lessons of her own experience to create an indispensable guide to discovering and pursuing your own True North.”

—William B. Caldwell IV

Lieutenant General (U.S. Army, Retired)

President, Georgia Military College


“Maria is a born trail blazer with the grit and class to lead others into the future. She is a gifted keynote speaker and engaging leader who brings forth her tenacity in a very genuine and relatable way. She has inspired and sparked action in male and female leaders across many industries and demographics. Her book is a must-read!”

—Jennifer H. Kozel

Senior Manager Talent Acquisition, The Home Depot


“A great read for all leaders and aspiring leaders who seek to be the best in both their personal and professional lives.  Major General (retired) Maria Britt’s Navigate the Climb: Leadership for Life’s Journey stands out among leadership books. She puts it all out there, from challenges and struggles in her personal life to searching for her purpose while changing careers. Britt offers her unique and insightful lessons, practical advice, and tools. For the business executive, as well as first-time civilian or military leaders, you will take away practical lessons to apply, derived from raising three successful children to breaking glass ceilings in rising to be the first female General Officer in the Georgia National Guard.”

—P. K. (Ken) Keen, Lieutenant General (U.S. Army, Retired)

Associate Dean for Leadership Development, Emory University Goizueta Business School


“Drawing on her vast personal knowledge of leadership challenges in the military, Major General (retired) Maria Britt gives practical advice on how to succeed in the business world. She uses humor and candor to deliver lessons you won’t want to learn on your own. While most of us will never face the life-or-death decisions Maria did, we can learn from obstacles she overcame and opportunities she seized on her road to the top.”

—Erin Wolf

Founding Director, Women’s Leadership Center, Kennesaw State University

Author of Lessons from the Trenches


“Focusing less on theory and more on the pragmatics of becoming an effective leader, Maria Britt’s detailed philosophy provides the reader with a rich tour de force of the attitudes and skills needed to become highly successful regardless of the career.  Written in an no-nonsense, accessible style, Navigate the Climb: Leadership for Life’s Journey provides a rare description of how to balance the good and bad of organizational life, reflecting on lessons learned and demonstrating a clarity self grounded in moral courage. This book should serve as required reading for new leaders and those who mentor new leaders.”

—Randy C. Hinds, PhD

Colonel (U.S. Army, Retired)