Brigadier General James T. Iacocca came to Elizabethtown Community Technical College (ECTC) July 8, to talk to the 3rd Regiment Cadet Leaders Course (CLC). He explains what leadership is and how to learn the ability to create and apply an understanding on what is takes to become leaders and to set a high standard for the current situation and the future.
Iacocca, explained that leadership means the organization of execution of training, learning to share their outcomes of hardships, and most importantly communicating with team members. Cadets get an overall understanding on what is the expectation from training and what potential they need to see as an Army Officer; and to learn, grow, provide vision and direction for not only the current situations as well as long term situations. “Learn your job, grow and self development for the Army. “
Iacocca explains when he was a first lieutenant. a book that had influence on him during that time was the book that explains leadership. He advised the Cadets to read a book that demonstrates leadership to show how an officer should be and how to be a successful officer in the army. Iacocca explains, that taking care of your soldiers, civilians and families, “The nation counts on the Army to successful complete the mission.”
Iacocca said, “These are things that I think helped me get to where I am, you all should be inspired to be great second lieutenant and then first lieutenant and cast and so on and so forth, just for us on getting down and getting to be a good lieutenant at first.” Teamwork is essential for Army, whether its basic training or in the battle field overseas. Teamwork is nothing without being encouraging to your group, sacrifice, and respect. “Doesn’t matter how good personally you are, if you can’t work as a team you will not do well”