U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove – the NATO supreme allied commander Europe and commander of U.S. European Command – spoke to a packed house Jan. 28 in Cole Hall as part of the College's convocation series. His appearance at Bridgewater was sponsored by the Zane D. Showker Leadership Institute.
Breedlove, whose background includes logging 3,600 flying hours as a command pilot for the Air Force, spoke about leadership and how decisions are made. He used as a key example former President and World War II Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who helped craft the June 6, 1944, invasion of Nazi-held Europe. Part of Eisenhower's success as a leader, he said, was his connection with the people under him.
"If you don't take the time for your people, you will soon find they will not take the time for you," he said. "I'm here to tell you that this connection to your people is the most important secret in an effective leader."
Breedlove's son, Daniel, is a student at Bridgewater.