Donna McAleer

We can choose to become a leader others want to follow. Leadership is a transformational journey, one of refinement and distillation. Donna McAleer understands this journey – a leader’s burning desire to take charge, accept responsibility, inspire others, influence outcomes, be decisive, innovate, and function successfully.

Her eclectic background ignites and informs her compelling exploration of all facets of leadership.

The Latest On Leadership

Female Vets Running for Congress: Into Double Digits

Hot off the press, a great article in Time Magazine’s Battleland Blog by retired Navy Capt. Darlene Iskra, PhD about Women Vets running for Congress. Turns out that there are 10 of us. For those who like to analyze data here is the breakdown of who is running: By service: 4 Army, 5 Air Force […]

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Women Veterans Running for Congress

I’m so honored to be featured in Time Magazine’s Battleland Blog along with 3 other amazing women veterans seeking to serve their country in public office. Women hold 70 of the 435 seats in the US Congress, just slightly more than 16%. A mere 17 women hold one of 100 seats in the US Senate. […]

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“Liz–Are you for Real?”

Recently invited to be a contributing writer on Time Magazine’s Battleland Blog, I was fortunate enough to be given a real juicy piece of steak to chew on for my first piece. This is a great opportunity to be a part of such a storied magazine. Watch this video of Liz Trotta of Fox News […]

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All in: Paula Broadwell about General David Petraeus

This week Paula Broadwell, my friend, announced her new book, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus (Penguin Press, 2012) which covers the transformational leadership of General David Petraeus. This book, Paula’s first, has been three years in development with much of that time spent embedded with Petraeus’ and his staff in Afghanistan. In […]

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A Hidden Battlefield–Inside the Barracks

Forget the creepy guys in trench coats—the Penn State University and the Roman Catholic sex abuse scandals remind us that it’s harder than you might imagine identifying a rapist and sex offender within an institutional cathedral. Put that perpetrator in military uniform or clerical apparel and we want to deny it is even possible. Be […]

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Real Women Run. It is Time to Enter the Race.

While Colorado leads the nation with 41% of that state’s 100-seat legislature comprised of women, Utah’s state legislature has only 18 women elected to its 104 seats, and nationally ranks near the bottom at 43rd with 17%. An anomaly among western states, Utah is bucking the trend of female leadership in the political process. The […]

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Now that the gay thing is resolved, can we let soldiers be openly female in combat?

In March 2011, the Military Leadership Diversity Committee issued a report to President Obama and the 112th Congress recommending the elimination of the Combat Exclusion Policy. Retired Air Force Gen. Lester L. Lyles, commission chair, said the recommendation is one way the congressionally mandated body suggests the military can get more qualified women into its more-senior leadership ranks. “We know […]

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