Marine Commander talks servant leadership

COMMANDER Donovan Campbell, who has degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Business School, addressed leaders young and old at the Nimitz Ballroom. — Standard-Radio Post Photo

By Ken Esten Cooke

     Donovan Campbell said what moves him to get out and serve others each day is the fact that so many of his friends and fellow Marines no longer have that choice.

   Campbell, a Commander who served three combat deployments in the Middle East, spoke to a crowd of about 120 on Thursday in the Nimitz Museum Ballroom as part of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation Leadership Series.

  Campbell was promoting his new book “The Leader’s Code.” Gen. Mike Hagee, Fredericksburg native and 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps, called Campbell’s earlier book, “Joker One,” the “best book about being an infantry platoon commander ever written.” Hagee is now the president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.

   Campbell said the nation is in a leadership crisis, from the halls of government to the boardrooms of corporate businesses. He said the choices that led to the recent financial crisis are an example of this and have a detrimental effect on the rest of the country.

    “Our CEOs have abdicated all responsibility in the recent financial crisis, and it’s a failure of leadership that caused economic damage around the globe,” he said.

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