• Honoré talks about leadership at ALx

  • The Army Leader Exchange hosted a lecture by retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré at the Lewis and Clark Center May 2.

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  • Christopher Burnett | Staff Writer
    The Army Leader Exchange hosted a lecture by retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré at the Lewis and Clark Center May 2. A question-and-answer session followed.
    James Madigan, Center for Army Leadership, Mission Command Center of Excellence, introduced Honoré, who is a native of Louisiana.
    Madigan said Honoré was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Infantry in 1971. He retired in 2008 after 37 years of active-duty service with the Army.
    The event, which was simultaneously streamed live to the ALx Facebook page, focused on Honoré’s topics addressed in his book, “Leadership in the New Normal: A Short Course.” He gave examples of leadership attributes of Gen. George Washington in context with the beginnings of the United States as a nation.
    Honoré also used situations as platforms from which to further describe his points about certain inherent characteristics of effective military leadership in action.
    “Do what you got to do to accomplish the mission,” Honoré said about the materiel constraints Washington faced. “Washington’s army was fighting for freedom. The British were fighting for a king. There’s a big difference in motivation.”
    Honoré not only focused on leadership situations during some of the critical times in world history, but he also spoke about practical matters as well. Specifically, he addressed how doing what he called “the routine things” well allows the seamless transition to what he has termed the next “new normal” period.
    “Good leaders learn to do the routine things well. Good leaders are not afraid to act, even when criticized,” Honoré said. “Don’t be scared to take on the impossible. Good leaders do that, too.”
    Honoré gave examples of leadership challenges from the past and present. He encouraged those attending to consider the challenges of the future.
    “Social media — don’t fight it. Join it,” Honoré said.
    In 2005, Honoré led the Task Force responsible for the search-and-rescue mission and the restoration of order in New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast region following Hurricane Katrina.
    He said his book is a short course on how to be an effective leader in the 21st century. Honoré said it describes modern leadership principles and techniques and illustrates them with stories from his life and experiences as a military commander.
    “This information is geared to both leaders and those who aspire to be leaders in today’s world,” Honoré said. “I will be speaking to a room full of corporate executives next week and will give the same information to them that I am sharing with you today.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The Center for Army Leadership’s mission is to conduct leadership and leader development research, studies, analysis, assessment and evaluation. It provides Army leadership and leader development doctrine, products and services along with the Army Leader Development Strategy. CAL also manages the Army Leader Development Program.
    The Army Leader Exchange is a forum that conducts leadership development conversation among professionals.
    Unclassified presentations are streamed live on the ALx Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/armyleaderexchange. In addition to the live audience of about 200 leaders Armywide, more than 11,000 people viewed the live stream of Honoré’s lecture online. ALx lectures are presented about twice a month.
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