A commitment to service is the foundation of leadership, two alumni with distinguished military careers said on April 15 while speaking to cadets in East Carolina University’s Air Force ROTC.
Air Force Brig. Gen. Catherine Dreyer Chilton and Maj. Gen. William “Dutch” Holland (retired) met with cadets in small groups and talked about leadership as a practical tool they used to advance their careers. Chilton and Holland graduated from East Carolina while serving as cadets in the campus Air Force ROTC unit, Detachment 600. Both have received the East Carolina Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumni Award.
Leadership is “about being genuine,” Holland said. “The foundation of leadership is concern for others around you, and being committed to doing the right thing. Leaders also need to learn, and you can’t do that if you’re talking. So to be a leader you have to listen more than you talk.”
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