Derrick Hinton, Principal Deputy Director, Test Resource Management Center, presented his Leadership 101 seminar titled “Tenets of Good Leadership. Golden Rules That Still Hold True” at the White Sands Missile Range Post Theater July 15.
Why come to White Sands Missile Range and give leadership training?
I think the training is valuable no matter where you get it, but White Sands Missile Range is one of our premiere ranges. (It’s important to) have a cadre of trained engineers and trained scientists and have them understand that the environment we are working in requires strong leadership skills in order for us to keep current and remain viable.
What is the one thing you hope WSMR personnel take away from the leadership training?
That we are in an environment where the pace of technology is changing exponentially and for us to stay current we are going to need that technical foundation and understanding of where technology is going. It is going to take a strong team and leadership to keep up with advancing our weapons systems and that’s happening right here at White Sands Missile Range.
What leader in history has influenced or inspired you to get where you are today?
There are two people: The first is Colin Powell. I have always admired the way he carried himself and the command presence he had. He is a great motivational speaker and continues to do it all over the country. When he speaks it is down to earth, straight forward and he does it in way I call plain speak. The main message I take from Colin Powell is leaders aren’t born they are made through experience. And the other is Jack Welch who was the former CEO of GE for many years. He is a titan of industry, but he was known for being pretty hard and not easy to work with. He understood he had to take care of his people and create a positive environment. He understood that he could be hard and set standards, but also understood that people are your most valuable resource.