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CIA director speaks at UofL

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Throughout his career, David Petraeus has led the nation in warfare and security. During a stop at the University of Louisville, the retired four-star Army general and current director of the CIA told the crowd that to be a good leader you have to know your context and your organization and that will change through experiences.

"My leadership style is far different from the style I employed in the early 90s as an air assault infantry battalion commander," said Petraeus.

As a military commander, Petraeus, 59, led coalition forces in Iraq and oversaw an international security force in Afghanistan. For the past year, he has led America's intelligence community. His leadership has been applied in many forms, in many places. He told the crowd strategic leadership is about big ideas and four tasks connected with that.

"First, of course, you have to get the big ideas right," Petraeus said. "You have to determine what the concepts and intellectual underpinnings are to accomplish your organizations mission."

Secondly, Petraeus said you have to communicate the ideas, and third, oversee the implantation of those ideas.

"And fourth and finally you have to capture lessons from the implementation of those ideas so you can refine the over arching concepts," said  

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Petraeus literally personifies leadership.

"We could not expect to kill or capture our way to victory in Iraq," said Petraeus as he continued to speak on the importance of getting the big ideas right. "To have any hope of success, we had to first serve the Iraqi people."

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