“When I first heard of Major General Leonard and the 1M1H1P slogan he created, I thought, ‘My guys need to hear this message’”said GRCC football coach Tony Annese.
Last week, over 100 athletes arranged themselves in rows of chairs in the cafeteria and “put their eyes on the man” – as their coach instructed them to do – who came to the podium in camos and boots and stated: ‘I am Major General Kevin A. Leonard and I am a soldier.’”
Leonard commands the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), a unique Army command that provides world-class, origin-to-destination distribution solutions whenever and wherever any military teams from any branch of service are deployed.
Over the next hour, he shared the story of when he was in Iraq in charge of a multi-national and multi-service group of people that had a mission that soldiers’ lives depended upon. The ONE MIND, ONE HEART and ONE PURPOSE slogan helped bring this diverse workforce together and became the common theme that brought this team together.”
The major general explained how the principles behind creating an effective, successful team is the same for the athletes as for tens of thousands of military personnel. The athletes kept Leonard and Annese busy for another half hour after Leonard was done, asking questions and giving examples of how they worked as a them.
Leonard, who began his “life-long education” at a community college in Oklahoma where he was raised, stressed repeatedly the importance of education to success in any arena.
Coach Annese has adapted the 1M1H1P slogan to 1M1H3P. “I tell them, ‘One mind, one heart and 3 purposes: get a 2-year degree, get a national championship and get a 4-year degree,’” he said.