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AFCEA Leadership Series: Five Questions

Produced in conjunction with the AFCEA Educational Foundation's Leadership Forum, the Five Questions series features senior leaders of military, government and industry as they share their philosophy on leadership and the techniques that have worked for them.

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When you have a reputation as the president's go-to leader for crisis management, it's safe to say you have the skills to marshal widely disparate resources to get the job done. On this edition of the AFCEA Leadership Forum Five Questions video series, Adm. Thad Allen, USCG (Ret.), executive vice president with Booz Allen Hamilton, relates that "collaboration and cooperation are the keys to any success we have these days" in handling many complex situations. Adm. Allen tells host Max Cacas that he looks for people with intellectual curiosity and the ability to work across boundaries when he seeks out those with leadership potential. In addition, the admiral talks about the importance of having subordinates willing to "speak truth to power" to let a leader know when things are not working out.

Past Episodes:

When one thinks of leadership, the value of language proficiency and awareness of another country's culture is not always top of mind. But our guest on this edition of the AFCEA Leadership Forum Five Questions series believes it should be. Vice Adm. Doug Crowder, USN (Ret.), chairs the George and Carol Olmsted Foundation, an organization that provides scholarship support to rising military leaders to facilitate language immersion.
Good leaders need a sense of selflessness—placing a priority on the needs of the men and women in their command, says Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, USMC (Ret.). The distinguished chair of leadership for the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy also says good leaders exhibit behavior embodied in the notion that "Trust = Competence + Character."
Diversity in one's career path can go a long way toward opening you to new vistas in leading groups and organizations of people, says Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper, USA, Director, Plans and Policy/J-5, U.S. Cyber Command. Also: how being proactive and passionate about what you do marks a good leader.
Our guest in this episode of the AFCEA Leadership Forum Five Questions Interview series is a systems engineer who has risen through the ranks to head up one of the largest portfolios in the IT industry. IBM's Anne Altman says good leadership often means being a good listener, understanding when you are making an impact, and knowing how to "keep it real."
Major General Bert K. Mizusawa, USA, Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Reserve Matters, suggests that a good leader must be someone who is resilient, adaptable, and prepared for any opportunity.  Plus: insights into the relationship between a good leader and the people who work for him.
Christopher Michel, managing director of Nautilus Ventures, uses a different -- and unconventional -- word to define leadership, and where it comes from in a leader. Also, Michel outlines three lessons that any good leader should learn when things don't go well.
Lt. Gen. Mark Bowman, Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber, J6
Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins, USAF, Director, DISA.
Capt. David Marquet, USN (Ret.).
Dave Wennergren, Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense
Eric Bassel, director, SANS Institute
Kevin Green, vice president, defense and intelligence at IBM Federal
Brigadier General Kevin J. Nally, director of C4/CIO, USMC
Scott Suhy, COO, Greenline Systems, Inc.
T. Wood Parker, Vice Chairman, TASC Board of Directors
Chris Inglis, NSA Deputy Director
Lt. Gen. Peter Cuviello, USA (Ret.), former Army CIO/G6
Chief Cathy Lanier, Chief of Police, Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C.
Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minihan, USAF (Ret.), director, National Security Agency and Central Security Service.
Gen. Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret.), Chairman of the Board at BAE Systems and former Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command
Alfred Grasso, president and CEO of the Mitre Corporation.
Robert Carey, Chief Information Officer, Department of the Navy.
Admiral James Loy, USCG (Ret.), The Cohen Group, Former Commandant, USCG and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.
Lt. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sorenson, USA, chief information officer/G-6, Headquarters Department of the Army.
Linda Gooden, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin's information systems and global services business area.
Marlin Forbes, former regional vice president for Verizon Federal's Defense and International Services Division.
Vice Admiral Herbert A. Browne, former president and CEO, AFCEA International, and former deputy commander, Space Command.
Vice Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., deputy chief of naval operations for communication networks (OPNAV N6).
Paul M. Cofoni, president and chief executive officer for CACI and Chairman of the Board of AFCEA International.
Alan A. Malinchak, vice president and chief learning officer of ManTech International Corporation.
Deborah H. Alderson, president, Defense Solutions Group, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).