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Brig. Gen. Halstead: 'Leaders are selfless'

Thursday, May 15, 2014  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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"Leadership is the fusion of heart and mind in selfless action for the betterment of others to make a difference,” according to retired Brig. Gen. Becky Halstead, keynote speaker at the NEW Western Michigan learning event, May 14. The decorated U.S. Army veteran shared her thoughts on leadership and teamwork with 80 NEW members at a lunchtime event at the Waddell Center in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Leaders work for the greater good of the team, Halstead said. "They aren’t just successful, they’re significant. It’s about making someone’s life better because you are in it.”

Tenacity is rule number one of leadership, said Halstead, founder of STEADFAST Leadership LLC. "Rule number two is ‘refer back to rule number one.’ [Being a leader] is not easy. If it was, everyone would be doing it.”

Leaders believe obstacles are opportunities to excel, she said, advising NEW members to "manage your energy, reward yourself and be realistic about your strengths and weaknesses.”

High-level leadership requires discipline, courage, integrity, diversity and accountability. "It takes a daily commitment to be the best you can be and to figure out what is important to you,” she noted. "Once you are in a leadership position, you own it. Combat comes in many forms, at home and the workplace, but you need to move forward.”

Be the standard, she advised, and do what’s right. "Relationships matter,” Halstead added. "Value, leverage and honor them.

"Lead with a purpose and make a difference,” she told NEW members, adding, "you can lead with emotion. Always be yourself and be true to yourself.”

Companies sending delegations to the event include Acosta Sales & Marketing, Altria, Kellogg Company, Kraft Foods Group Inc. and Meijer.

Julianne Day, Lindsey Keil, Krystal Kinney, Jamie Riley, Lee Peterson,
Lori Vesely, Beth Smith, Marcia Lewis and Kelly O’Brien of Kraft Foods
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