Executive Leadership Development
The Foundation serves senior federal government and corporate executives for one-day and two-day examinations of the leadership example and genius of George C. Marshall.
The premise is simple. George C. Marshall was the greatest American leader of the 20th century. His greatness was defined by his strong character, his reputation for honesty and candor, his commitment to solving tough problems, his capacity for hard work, his eye for detail, his optimism and his selfless service. There is something in his story that anyone can apply to his or her life.
Students of history might conclude that Marshall’s entire career until his appointment as chief of staff in 1939 was a prelude to his leadership on the world stage. Often with incredible foresight, he addressed some of the biggest challenges of the day.
For instance, how did Marshall increase the armed services from fewer than 200,000 in uniform when he became Army Chief of Staff in 1939 to more than eight million by the end of World War II? How did he institute a peace-time military draft as he anticipated this country’s eventual involvement in the war in Europe? Following that war, how did he persuade Congress as Secretary of State to fund Marshall Plan aid that included assistance to our former enemies? These are examples of the huge problems he solved, yet he prevailed in his mission…almost every time.
As the executives move through the presentations, they hear about strategic leadership principles, co-leadership, and leading change, among other topics.
Futurist and author of Soldier, Statesman, Peacemaker: Leadership Lessons from George C. Marshall, Jack Uldrich puts Marshall’s leadership example into the context of exponential cultural and technological changes that are transforming the world today and creating the need for leaders to anticipate how those changes will impact their organizations. See a summary video of his remarks on our web site.
The group often has an opportunity to visit the Marshall and VMI museums also during the full day in Lexington.
Past and Ongoing Leadership Programs for...