General (Ret.) Ann Dunwoody address the CGSC Class of 2019 on Aug. 28 in the Eisenhower Auditorium of the Lewis and Clark Center on Fort Leavenworth. Dunwoody’s presentation entitled “Stewarding the Profession of Arms” served as the Class of 2019’s introduction to ethics.
Gen. Dunwoody served more than 37 years in the U.S. Army. Her last assignment was as commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, one of the Army’s largest commands. In 2008 she earned the historic distinction of being the first woman in U.S. military history to achieve the rank of four-star general. (Download her full biography)
In her remarks, Dunwoody repeatedly stressed “standards” as the means to deal with leadership challenges in any organization. When asked during the question and answer period at the end of her remarks, she responded with “standards” even as a way to deal with some of the prickly situations for women working in a male-dominated organization such as the Army.
“Most people, like yourselves, really do want to make a difference,” Dunwoody said. “The good leaders I know want to inspire people with strong principled, ethical leadership, and do just that. No matter what you lead in the future – a team, a staff section, a battalion, a squadron, or a major command – being a good leader makes all the difference. Good leaders don’t walk by mistakes, they deal with them. Good leaders tackle challenges, they don’t turn and try to avoid them. Good leaders are good stewards of our profession. And, good leaders try to live and lead by a higher standard.”
After her lecture, Dunwoody conducted a book signing for more than an hour for her book A Higher Standard in the Lewis and Clark Center bookstore. A long line of CGSC students gathered to get an autographed book and a photo with her before she had to race off to the next event in Kansas City.
Earlier in the morning, Dunwoody gave a presentation to the Henry Leavenworth Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army at a breakfast event in downtown Leavenworth. After the lecture and book signing for the CGSC class, Foundation President/CEO Doug Tystad and Director of Operations Ann Soby escorted her to the Country Club Bank offices on the Plaza in Kansas City, where she gave a luncheon presentation hosted by Mary O’Connor, a Foundation trustee and executive vice president/director of logistics for the bank. Later in the evening she gave a presentation to the Junior League of Kansas City.
Gen. Dunwoody’s lecture to the CGSC Class of 2019 and Foundation friends in the greater Kansas City community was made possible by a generous donation to the CGSC Foundation from the Perot Foundation as part of the Foundation’s ethics programs.