Arthur Athens, the director of the U.S.
Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership
, spoke about leadership.
said while many are familiar with the 'Three C's' of leadership: competence, courage and compassion, he
said an additional attribute of effective leadership is humility.
"It's not about me, it's about the team," he
said several times during his
Athens said one of the earliest lessons in leadership he learned as a Marine Corps officer came from a subordinate, a Marine Gunnery Sergeant who had seen action in World War II and the Korea conflict.
Athens, as a young platoon leader, asked his older, experienced sergeant, "Why would you follow me?"
The sergeant answered with three questions of his
own: Do you know your job or are striving hard to learn it?
Will you make hard, but correct decisions even if it costs you personally?
And, do you care as much about us as you care about yourself?
"That's what leadership is all about," Athens
In addition to the presentation by Athens
, topics included updates on the Aviation Logistics Environment (ALE) program, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter logistics and sustainment efforts, back-to-basics maintenance planning, the College of Logistics and Industrial Operations (CLIO) and more.