During Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke’s visit to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), she shared her vision for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Leadership Year at the town hall. Leadership year is an effort to reinforce a culture of leadership excellence throughout the Department and to highlight the importance of leadership at all levels. As some of you did not have the opportunity to hear Deputy Secretary Duke’s message on leadership during the Town Hall, I encourage you to view her interview with DHS Press Secretary Dave Lapan on Leadership Year, available on DHS Connect.
I am excited to formally kick off Leadership Year here at FLETC. The Department has established themes surrounding leadership for each quarter, and we are planning activities related to each theme. The theme for Quarter 1 is “Serving People, Serves Mission.” Servant Leadership is a philosophy that focuses on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first, and helps people develop and perform as well as possible. You will hear more about this concept over the next couple of weeks. The themes for the remainder of the year are as follows:
- Quarter 2: Lead from Where you Are (Leadership at All Levels)
- Quarter 3: Engagement Culture Starts with Leadership
- Quarter 4: Leaders Developing Leaders
A committee is planning a variety of activities, features, and events throughout the year, ranging from showcasing profiles of excellent leaders within our FLETC fences, to organizing a book club focused on timeless and modern leadership concepts, to offering training events for staff at all levels. Please stay tuned to the Leadership Corner on FLETCnet for additional information.
I am eager to participate in these activities with all of you, and hope you will join me in embracing the Department’s commitment to enhancing its leadership culture and increasing its leadership capacity. I look forward to our FLETC team joining Deputy Secretary Duke in celebrating and supporting good leadership and building the next generation of great leaders within the Department and here at FLETC.
Thomas J. Walters