The Director’s Desk – Joanne Holz

Joanne Holz

Here We Grow

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. —Jack Welch

I understand the spirit of Welch’s sentiment.  I would tweak it to say “a leader continues to grow him/herself while investing in the success of others.”  I agree with Dr. Steve Brown who indicates that our most important and most challenging leadership assignment looks back at you in the mirror every morning. It’s you.  The standout leadership books of our day continue to frame personal qualities such as integrity, honesty, fairness, discernment, etc. as the most needed qualities for today.

Every leader has the responsibility to continue to grow him/herself in these intangible qualities that eventually weave strength of spirit and character into a person or, due to lack of them, cause a person to dis-integrate.  Without these fundamental personal qualities, the platform upon which a person builds their leadership and wields their leadership, crumbles.

Each quarter we will be looking at the person of the leader, the practices of the leader, and the perspectives of leaders.  The person of the leader is an intentional first place consideration each quarter.  The person of the leader drives everything else—the choices of what needs to be done, how it needs to be done, what is at stake if not accomplished, who will benefit from what is done and who will be left in the wake of poor leadership decisions.

I want to suggest for your personal growth this year that you purchase “Leading Me” by Dr. Steve Brown and take the journey with him.  Brown lays out 8 practices of a healthy leader and his book includes reflection questions.

Together let’s make 2017 a banner year for Christ-like leadership! As we walk with Him, participate in transforming ourselves, our people, our Corps, our ministries, our Army, our cities, let the circles of influence expand in Jesus’ Name for what He sees for this new year.

Happy New Year and blessings to each!


Grace and all good to you!
Joanne Holz, Major
The Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development




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