A Leadership Learning Moment

 

 

 

 

 

Learning to Be A Leader

There is much to learn in the leadership arts
But just one most important part.
You can rent peoples muscles and minds
But to be their true leader you will find
You must earn the right for them to give you their hearts.

Don McAlister,

14 November 2012

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About donmcalister

I retired at the end of 2011, after a 39 year career in the Aerospace industry as an Propulsion Engineer, Engineering Manager and Program Manager. My professional interests and expertise is in the areas of Program, Risk and Knowledge Management. I'm passionate about life-long learning involving a wide variety of topics and I'm committed to sharing my knowledge and ideas with those who are interested. My primary hobby is performing jazz music. I'm a jazz keyboard player, and vocalist, and I'm on the Board of Directors of the non-profit Simi Valley Jazz Club, which is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of jazz music from the '20's through the 60's.
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4 Responses to A Leadership Learning Moment

  1. Rick Ladd says:

    If I may be so bold (and at absolutely no risk of being seen as sucking up, since we’re both retired now), you epitomized this type of leader, Don. I don’t miss the overall management philosophies of Rockwell International, The Boeing Company, or Pratt & Whitney (all three of which we both labored under at one time or another), but I often miss the working relationship we had. There are a couple of others who were similar. You were one of the best.

    PS – As a limericist, however, your metre’s a bit hard to <3.

  2. donmcalister says:

    Thanks Rick. My primary limerick focus is the aabba rhyming scheme, and the meter does what it has to do to have at least semi-complete thoughts. Think of it as a jazz version of a limerick 😉

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