By Carol Frazee
DLA Land and Maritime Level II Mentoring
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 30, 2018 —
The presenters were Cheryl Lagrace, Gerald Jones, Jackie Jones,
Keith Mattison and Tom Stevens.
The panelist consisted of Victor Anderson BPA - Branch Chief
Supply Demand Planning Business Process Analyst, Matt Kirk
Division Chief, Supplier Support Division, Pam Latker HR- Career
Management Division Chief and Rick Metz BP - Procurement
The panelists answered six questions the unanimous response
- How did you get into your current position? We worked
our way through DLA positions even if it meant completing
lateral moves/side stepping to new areas in order to move up.
Participating in agency sponsored rotational programs.
- What qualities are necessary to be a good leader? To have
compassion, be sincere, kindness, a good listener, being able to
get employees engaged, motivation, mentorship, empathic,
flexible, decisive and to have clarity of expectation.
- What advice would you give to someone who is actively
seeking to advance? Take a risk! Have a vision of where you
want to go and where you want to be. Set goals and participate
in rotational programs and any programs that DLA offers because
it shows that you are will to take a risk and learn something
outside your normal daily duties.
- What are some of the challenges you have experienced as a
leader with DLA? Dealing with short suspense items and briefings.
Learning to delegate work out to associates. Trying to
motivate those under you.
- What do you consider some of the unwritten rules for your
position as a leader? Model the behavior you want to see from
your associates. There will always be chaos but always remain
- How do you manage the multiple time demands of carrier
and home? It is a personal choice. Office stays at the office and
home stays at home.