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Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point

Leading With Character and Competence

TLDG Launches "TLDG Online" Courses with BG Becky Halstead
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Leading with Character and Competence is one of two dynamic courses developed by Brigadier General (retired) Rebecca "Becky" Halstead, one of the respected and dynamic faculty members at TLDG. Based on her book 24/7: The First Person You Must Lead Is You, this course asks leaders to be introspective, to identify their values and consider how, or if, their behaviors as a leader reflect their values. This course helps leaders understand and develop a leadership philosophy to guide themselves as well as communicate their leadership expectations and commitment to their teams.

This course will introduce you to the concept of values-based leadership, leading with a focus on the human-dimension, and will validate the leadership philosophy that a “better me is a better we.” When leaders focus on their own development — 24 hours every day, 7 days every week — their actions will result in high performing teams achieving their best. The first step to becoming a better leader? Embracing the idea that the first person you must lead is you.

In this course, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the personal leadership principles that guide your decision making and, ultimately, effectiveness as a leader
  • Draw on you own, and each other’s experiences, to assemble a toolkit of leadership practices that work
  • Appreciate importance of leading for betterment of others


The course is designed as a 5-day or 3-hour learning journey – equivalent to a half-day short workshop – with self-paced work, group discussions and daily collaboration.

  • Participants work on their own, self-paced time, equivalent to 30 minutes per day
  • Cohorts pace together to optimize collaboration and experiential learning from others
  • Organizations can send a homogenous group of leaders through the experience together as a cohort
  • Open Enrollments offer the opportunity to learn from leaders in different industries and organizations

Who should attend

Leaders, across all industries, who want proven, practical tools for what it means to be a more effective, inspiring leader.


Expertise Inspirational speaking (nationally and internationally; corporate and academic), developing leader training programs, leader coaching, consulting and advising, strategic level leadership, logistics, supply chain management, asset protection, physical security, risk management, diversit...


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