"Anyone Can Be A Leader"

Retired General George W. Casey of the U.S. Army to Deliver Keynote on Strategic Leadership at Cornell University, November 14, 2013

The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University is honored to have General George Casey, a retired four-star general and chief of staff of the U.S. Army, at Cornell University to share his leadership philosophy and explain his views on higher education and its benefits to military personnel.  The general is the guest of the Association of Veterans at Johnson, which today is hosting a Military Preview Day for officers interested in earning an MBA degree. He will give a keynote address to the Cornell University community titled “Strategic Leadership.”

As one of the most accomplished soldiers in U.S. history and an authority on strategic leadership, General Casey is well positioned to provide counsel to the nation’s top MBA candidates. The military educates its senior leadership to ensure that they are effective, capable managers and to provide them with the critical skills necessary to respond intelligently to rapidly evolving, ambiguous situations, particularly at the strategic level of management.

General Casey’s credits his graduate education as one of the most broadening experiences of his life, and says that military veterans who pursue higher education degrees have a major edge with employers and will only improve the leadership skills that they already possess.

“Anyone can be a leader, and anyone can learn to be a better leader,” said General Casey. “Every leader needs vision, courage and character. Vision points the way ahead, courage helps leaders to make judgments about the future, and character is the glue that builds trust to bind an organization together. “

As the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from April 2007 to 2011, General Casey led the world’s largest and most complex organization – 1.1 million people strong, with a $200+ billion annual budget. He improved the leadership training for the Army’s General Officer Corps, and advanced the transformation of the Army’s business and decision making processes. 

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