Leading with Character and Competence

Leading with Character and Competence is one of two dynamic courses developed by Brigadier General (Retired) Rebecca "Becky" Halstead, one of the respected and dynamic faculty members at Thayer Leadership. Based on her book 24/7: The First Person You Must Lead Is Youthis course asks leaders to be introspective, to identify their values and consider how, or if, their behaviors as a leader reflect their values. This course helps leaders understand and develop a leadership philosophy to guide themselves as well as communicate their leadership expectations and commitment to their teams.  


This course will introduce you to the concept of values-based leadership, leading with a focus on the human-dimension, and will validate the leadership philosophy that a “better me is a better we.” When leaders focus on their own development — 24 hours every day, 7 days every week — their actions will result in high performing teams achieving their best. The first step to becoming a better leader? Embracing the idea that the first person you must lead is you.

 In this course, you will have the opportunity to:

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

Download the Course Overview for Leading with Character and Competence

The course is designed as a 5-lesson or 3-hour learning journey – equivalent to a half-day short workshop – with self-paced work, group discussions and daily collaboration.

  • Participants work on their own, self-paced time, equivalent to 45 minutes per day
  • Cohorts pace together to optimize collaboration and experiential learning from others
  • Organizations can send a homogenous group of leaders through the experience together as a cohort 

“General Halstead speaks from the heart.”

“This [course] was extremely beneficial and life-changing.  Learning from BG Halstead in her real-life was priceless.  I don’t want it to end.”

“Nothing I learned here is beyond my reach; I think that’s what I love most about it.”

“I found it very valuable and motivating.”

Brigadier General (Retired) Rebecca “Becky” Halstead, West Point graduate and the first woman graduate of West Point to be promoted to General Officer, has amassed more than 30 years of experience leading large organizations in dynamic and challenging environments. She is an esteemed faculty member of Thayer Leadership. In this program, BG Halstead shares personal leadership lessons that served as the cornerstones of her extraordinarily successful military, and now, civilian, career. Based on her book 24/7: The First Person You Must Lead is You, this program teaches about leading yourself first by being the standard in order to more effectively lead others, and offers a number of practical exercises to build a strong foundation of personal values, principles, and purpose.

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To learn more about our programs contact us at 845.385.5300, ext. 1200

"As strategic leaders, your life will increasingly be about the WHAT and WHY, not the HOW."
Major General Stephen Layfield,(USA, Retired, USMA 1978)
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