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Leadership 101

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Defense Acquisition University Fort Belvoir United States

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For the last 8 years, I have been a faculty member in the Defense Acquisition Universitys Executive Leadership and Coaching programs, and I thought it would be worthwhile to share our students definition of the leaders role in establishing and running extraordinary teams. The journey to gather the data started with a classroom discussion. I had arranged for a guest speaker who had led several successful programs, and during my introduction I started to tell a story about when he assumed command of a failing missile program. One of his first acts was placing PowerPoint slides in every cubicle that read, Be on contract by July. He continued to emphasize this point over the next few days, individually asking each team member, How is what you are working on right now helping this team get on contract by July At this point, a Marine Corps colonel stopped me and said Scott, this is Leadership 101. Please dont tell me that is what we will be focusing on this morning.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Administration and Management

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