General George Casey Lessons in Leadership

March 26, 2013 |


“If you’re going to succeed in a global environment you need three prerequisites: vision, courage, and character.” -General George Casey

Retired General George Casey came to Daniels today to speak with Daniels students about strategic leadership. Casey is the 36th chief of staff of the US Army and led one of the world’s largest complex organizations that consisted of 1.1 million people. Student groups Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA), Entrepreneurs in Action (EIA), and International Business Association (IBA) joined together to present this valuable Lunch and Learn for the Daniels community.

Casey talked about three characteristics he looks for in a leader:

  • Vision- ability to see something in the future that is not evident to everyone else (successful leaders/problem solvers  solve problems before they arise) focus on the outside of the organization! Challenge: things get so uncertain that people don’t want to act, people don’t take risks
  • Courage- there’s always risk, you need the courage to take risks. Know how to bounce back if (when) you make mistakes
  • Character – People trust leaders that live by their values. They know that when the going gets tough the leader will do what’s best for the organization.

Casey also focused on vision and being able to understand what you are trying to accomplish while building a consensus with your team and properly communicating. It’s important to identify opportunities and drive change. Casey said that visionaries will find opportunities in the harshest periods.

In addition, Casey mentioned Vince Lombardy as being the person he learned most of his lessons from.

To wrap up his time with our Daniels Pioneers Casey quoted Theodore Roosevelt:

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

Thanks for coming General Casey we were glad to have you!

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