“We lead people and manage resources,” says Retired Air Force Brigadier General Dick Abel. As a former coach, pilot, football player, and now the founder of the leadership group Leadership is All About People (LIAAP), Abel knows a thing or two about managing things and leading people.
The author of two books, The DNA of Leadership, and Vector Corrector, Abel will be the featured speaker for the first in a series of lectures scheduled for March 21, 2013, established at Hardin-Simmons University, and named for president emeritus Dr. Jesse C. Fletcher.
“It is especially fitting for Gen. Abel to be the guest speaker for this inaugural Fletcher Lecture. His topic will be leadership—a dominant thread in the fabric of Dr. Fletcher’s distinguished career,” says HSU president, Dr. Lanny Hall. “Dr. Fletcher has demonstrated leadership in ministry, missions, higher education, and in the community of Abilene. His example is one to which all leaders should aspire.”
No reservations are needed for the March 21, 2013, 9:30 a.m. lecture to be held in Logsdon Chapel on the Hardin-Simmons University campus.
During the opening chapel session, General Abel will examine 18 characteristics that develop great leaders and bring fresh insight and practical methods for development and success.
Abel says, “Even if you’re not officially serving in a position of leadership, you will still benefit from developing leadership qualities; you’ll find they will help you all throughout life. Leadership is comprised of many different characteristics, like building blocks—like the DNA that makes up every person.”
The Fletcher Lecture series endowment was created in 2010 with a fundraising dinner at the Abilene Civic Center honoring HSU president emeritus, Dr. Jess Fletcher, on his birthday. Fletcher was president of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene from 1977 to 1991 and chancellor from 1991 to 2001. The lecture endowment, created to honor Fletcher for his many contributions to the community and his extensive involvement in ministry and education, will bring noted speakers to Abilene for years to come.
A recognized Baptist historian, Fletcher has taught church history courses at Hardin-Simmons University, Southwestern Seminary, and Bethel College. He has spoken and published for endowed lectureships and seminars at Baylor University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Golden Gate Seminary, Southwestern Seminary, and Abilene Christian University. In addition, he has written 11 books, and penned numerous articles for newspapers, periodicals, and scholarly journals.
Abel is an internationally known speaker on family values, military affairs, and moral leadership. During his 30-year career he served three four-star admirals and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also made five flights to escort returning POWs from Vietnam.
While on active duty as a pilot, Abel led the “Warhawk” jet acrobatic team. He served as an assistant football coach at the United States Air Force Academy and concluded his career as director of public affairs for the United States Air Force.
After retiring in 1985, Abel was on the senior staff of the US Olympic Committee, served as national president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was executive director of the Military Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ for 14 years.
He is the founder of Leadership is ALL About People and currently serves as its president.
The father of four and grandfather of 19 has served as mentor to many.
The Fletcher Lecture is open to faculty, staff, students, and the Abilene community.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Johnson Building multi-purpose room
Professional Development for Faculty and Staff
3:45 – 5 p.m.
Moody Center, room 233
Student Leadership Session
6:00 --7:30 p.m.
Moody Center, room 233