Tue, 5 January 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

How to Lead and Win With Integrity

Lt General Robert Caslen and Michael Matthews in conversation with Matthew Stadlen

From the battlefield to the classroom, Lieutenant General Robert Caslen and Dr Michael Matthews have witnessed first-hand the vital link between strong character and strong leadership.

Competence matters, but all successful leaders depend on a foundation of strong character.

From dishonest politicians to CEOs committing fraud, disgraced military commanders to cheating athletes, stories of ‘winning at any cost’ dominate the news cycle, bringing governments, businesses and NGOs alike into disgrace.

It’s time to learn how to win the right way.

Lt General Robert Caslen has led more than 200,000 soldiers under nine commanders-in-chief, been deployed six times, and for five years headed up the US military’s elite West Point academy. With psychologist Dr Michael Matthews, one of the world’s leading experts on character assessment and development, he joins How To Academy to teach us how to lead with integrity.

Weaving insights from their own lives with cutting-edge science, Robert and Michael will lay out a compelling case for the powerful character plays in trust, culture and leadership, and provide the tools you need to exercise and strengthen your own character.

Bringing together the lived experience of a decorated military leader and the knowledge of an eminent positive psychologist, this livestream event is essential viewing for anyone seeking to understand the art and science of principled, courageous and compassionate leadership.

Praise for Robert Caslen and Michael Matthews’ The Character Edge:

‘The Character Edge is inspiring and practical in equal measure, drawing upon both scientific research and personal experience in how, and why, to develop strengths of heart, mind and gut. Only Mike Matthews and Bob Caslen could have written it. This will surely be an instant classic!’ — Angela Duckworth, CEO of the Character Lab and bestselling author of Grit

‘Few great leaders have charismatic personality, but all have character that inspires. Caslen and Matthews show how and why this fundamental inner architecture of leadership can – and must – be built.’ — Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and co-author of Built to Last

‘In The Character Edge, Caslen and Matthews offer the definitive guide to how individuals and organizations may build and utilize positive character to flourish and win. Corporations who ‘get’ this message excel, those that do not will fail in the long run.’ — Indra Nooyi, former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo

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Lt General Robert Caslen

Former Superintendent of West Point

Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, Jr. is the 29th president of the University of South Carolina. Caslen is a retired Army lieutenant general and former superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Along with his bachelor’s degree from West Point, Caslen holds an MBA in finance from Long Island University and a master’s in industrial engineering from Kansas State University.

Dr. Michael Matthews

Professor of Engineering Psychology at West Point

Michael D. Matthews is Professor of Engineering Psychology at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served as President of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Military Psychology from 2007 to 2008. He has authored more than 250 scientific papers and edited several books on military psychology, and is the author of Head Strong: How Psychology is Revolutionizing War, Human Performance Optimization (co-edited with David M. Schnyer), and The Science and Ethics of Enhancing Human Capabilities.

Matthew Stadlen

Broadcaster, writer and regular How To Academy host.

Matthew Stadlen is a broadcaster, writer and regular How To Academy host. Previously he was an LBC presenter, wrote The Matthew Stadlen Interview for the Telegraph and presented the TV series Five Minutes With and On The Road With for the BBC. He is a birdwatcher and photographer, and his book How To See Birds is out now. Twitter: @matthewstadlen