Howard G. Beasey is an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran and retired United States Marine. Having completed his undergraduate education at North Carolina State University, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1993 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August 2000. For more than two decades Mr. Beasey served as an infantry man, combat engineer, and company commander. In 2006, he attended the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA, completing his Master of Arts in National Security Affairs and Foreign Policy, and attended the Defense Language Institute. He was designated as a Turkish Foreign Area Officer and assigned to the region. Upon returning from Afghanistan in 2010, he was assigned to the Pentagon as the European Affairs Officer for the International Affairs Branch of Headquarters Marine Corps. Retiring in 2014 he joined Goldman Sachs as a Corporate Security Associate. He joined American-Turkish Council in February 2015 as the President and CEO.
Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Maybe someone who has been a mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life?
In my life I have been fortunate to have crossed paths with many influential people. As a military officer, in my previous career, you become accustom to high quality individuals and leaders as a rule. I can, however, single out one individual that I was fortunate enough to work for early in my career and today consider a friend and mentor above all others. He continues to serve in the active ranks of the USMC, therefore, I am reluctant to provide his name and position. He serves in the General Officer ranks of the USMC and no doubt will continue to be highly successful.
What are the most important decisions you make as a leader of your organization?
The most important decisions any leader makes are those that effect the people who work for you. Of course, those can be important decisions about the goals of the organization or upcoming agenda items, certainly, but realizing that the mantel of leadership comes with the responsibility of sound judgement is key.
What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
Listen more than you talk. Be open to all opinions, even those that don’t align with your ideas and then make decisions after examining each.
What are a few resources you would recommend to someone looking to gain insight into becoming a better leader?
Learn about Emotional Intelligence and practice it.
What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?
Many years ago, I was taught the acronym of JJDIDTIEBUCKLE. If you don’t know it, look it up. While each of these are important, bearing is where I have found tremendous value. The ability to project confidence, control, and an understanding of the situation without losing control is critical for any leader to cultivate.
What is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?
Information overload. Leaders today must be able to weed through the noise to get the necessary information and then make a decision
What is one mistake you witness leaders making more frequently than others?
Leaders that try to simply be imposing their will.