Dec 16, 2019
What are universal rules of leadership that inspire trust, loyalty and excellence from others?
Major General Craig Whelden spent 30 years in the U.S. Army, followed by seven in the private sector, and another nine as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Along the way, he led soldiers at each level from lieutenant to General Officer while serving 10 years in Europe and another 12 in the Pacific. An Armor and Cavalry officer, he commanded a base in Germany as a colonel and, as a brigadier general, oversaw a $1.6B program supporting soldiers and family members world-wide.
Present at the Pentagon on 9/11, he subsequently led the effort to secure the state of Hawaii from a terrorist attack, an effort that received national recognition. After retiring from the Army in 2003, Craig chaired a national conference on “Information Sharing and Homeland Security” for three years.
In 2008, Craig was asked to organize and run a Secretary of the Army initiative to bring greater awareness to the American public of the sacrifices of service-members and their families during a time of war. For this effort, he was recognized by Secretary Pete Geren with the top two awards for civilians.
In 2010, Craig became the Executive Director for Marine Corps Forces Pacific, overseeing a multi-billion-dollar program to reposition marines in the Pacific – the largest such effort since World War II.
In 2011, he was inducted into the Purdue University Tri-Service ROTC Hall of Fame.
Recently retired, Craig is now a motivational speaker and author of the award-winning book, Leadership, The Art Of Inspiring People To Be Their Best.
In today’s conversation with us, Craig shares valuable lessons he learned from nearly 50 years of leadership experience – from the examples he saw to the leadership he then chose to demonstrate.
We explore the qualities of leadership, common pitfalls, and how to prioritize what is most important – both in life and family as well as in a time of national crisis. Rich in storytelling and reflection, Craig offers up valuable wisdom that any leader and aspiring leader of transformation can learn from.
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