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Leadership: character, principle, strategy and preparedness

​Maj. Gen.  Marcia Anderson Shares Highlights from Her Journey as a Female Leader at the Spelman College Leadership and Women of Color Conference:


This week, Maj. Gen.  Marcia Anderson was in Atlanta, Georgia, to speak at the Spelman College Leadership and Women of Color Conference.
 
Started in 2004 through the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, the Spelman College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, the Leadership and Women of Color Conference provides professional and personal development opportunities for emerging and established women leaders. The annual two-day event brings together successful leaders to share skills and knowledge to help women succeed in leadership roles. At the conference, Maj. Gen. Anderson reached an intergenerational audience of Spelman College students, C-level executives, nonprofit representatives and community organizers.
 
During her keynote, she focused on how the Army Reserve embraces a fully diverse workforce, and expounded on why diversity in communities is a prerequisite to success. Over 40% of Army Reserve Soldiers are minorities, the highest percentage in the Armed Services. The Army Reserve also has the second highest percentage of females in the Armed Services, at nearly 23%. 
 
Maj. Gen.  Anderson noted one of her key lessons from working in a diverse force is that fostering awareness and increasing knowledge of multicultural issues helps to increase respect for one another and improve working relations.
 
She also discussed Army Reserve Soldiers as ‘Twice the Citizen.’ Army Reserve Citizen Soldiers have careers in both the military and in the civilian workspace. In Georgia alone, there are over 7,000 Army Reserve Soldiers with highly transferable military and civilian skills, bringing strategic depth to the Army and uniquely equipping the force to be ready and adaptable.
 
Finally, Maj. Gen Anderson emphasized the importance of learning leadership. “The Army has taught me that leadership does not have a gender but is possessed of character, principle, strategy and preparedness.”
 
Maj. Gen. Anderson explained to the rising female leaders in the room how the military helped shape her into the dynamic leader she is today. “Military training taught me as early as my days in ROTC how to build consensus, persuade and lead people,” she added.
 
Leadership is about “being assertive and realizing that if you are not at the table, you are on the menu,”  she said.
 
In closing her keynote address, Maj. Gen.   Anderson stated, “It’s not important where you begin your journey, it’s how and where you end it.”
 

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