Leading with Character and Competence

Created in partnership with: Becky Halstead

Leading with Character and Competence


When leaders focus daily on practicing a leadership philosophy that marries character and competence, their actions result in high performing teams achieving their best. After all, “a better me is a better we,” since competence without character does not inspire teams to success. The first step to becoming a better leader? Embracing the idea that the first person you must lead is you.

While inspirational leadership always has been hard, many would argue that 21st century challenges – geographically disperse teams, fast-paced technology, and aggressive competitive landscape – make leadership even harder. This is why Leading with Character and Competence encourages continuous reflection and adaptation of your leadership style to achieve successful team outcomes.

In this Sprint, Brigadier General (Retired) Rebecca “Becky” Halstead nurtures leaders to practice new leadership behaviors, to develop their own personal leadership philosophy, and to ground their leadership in their own values and experiences.

Leaders will:

  1. Explore the personal leadership principles that guide your decision making and, ultimately, effectiveness as a leader
  2. Draw on their own, and each other’s experiences, to assemble a toolkit of leadership practices that work
  3. Understand the importance of leading for the betterment of others

Leaders who want to lead teams to a higher level of performance, make a lasting impact on team members, and add significant value to their organizations, will learn how as they lead with character and competence.

Expert Faculty

Becky Halstead
Brigadier General, US Army, Retired

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