FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Jan. 27, 2009) -- The Army Management Staff College at Fort Belvoir kicked off a three-day Leadership Symposium Tuesday morning and welcomed Maj. Gen. Vincent E. Boles, the ArmyAca,!a,,cs assistant deputy chief of staff, G-4, as keynote speaker.

Boles discussed the magnitude of leadership in the workplace and how communication was paramount to achieving the highest success.

Aca,!A"In my experience, there are two reasons for stress in the workplace,Aca,!A? Boles told a capacity-filled audience of servicemembers and DoD civilians. Aca,!A"Leaders who know whatAca,!a,,cs happening, but never informing their workers and subordinates; never speaking up when they know something is wrong. In either case, the need for communication is crucial.Aca,!A?

In BolesAca,!a,,c opinion, the first thing individuals look at in the workplace is how their supervisor or director will respond to a particular situation. To help set a good example, Boles has a piece of advice that heAca,!a,,cs found helpful during his more than 30 years with the Army.

Aca,!A"Just remember that your best has to get better. ThatAca,!a,,cs for everyone, regardless of what your rank or position may be,Aca,!A? Boles said. Aca,!A"If youAca,!a,,cre willing to show a commitment to your job and understand thereAca,!a,,cs always room for improvement, your contributions will speak for themselves. As a leader, you would be demonstrating good values and as an employee you would be showing your superiors why you belong there.Aca,!A?

The symposium offers perspectives on developing civilian leaders across the federal government. It ends Thursday and includes several guest speakers, including Secretary of the Army Pete Geren. For more information, visit

(Paul Bello writes for the Fort Belvoir Eagle newspaper.)