Colonel Jordan of US Army Corps of Engineers

Colonel Jordan with residents in Davidge

On September 25, 2014, Col. J. Richard Jordan, III, spoke with residents and offered encouragement and inspiration from his rise to leadership.

Jordan is currently the commander of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Baltimore District, a team which provides diverse expertise and support to customers throughout the greater Mid-Atlantic and international locations.  His previous experience includes positions in Germany, Iraq and stations throughout the United States in a variety of engineering and leadership positions.  He holds degrees in various strategic specialties from the Naval War College, Newport, R.I., and the National Defense University, Washington, D.C.

Jordan encouraged residents to share their concerns, established a parallel between the training required of military and medical personnel and drew heavily on personal and historical examples in responding to resident inquiries about leadership.  He stated that clear communication is a critical aspect of effective leadership and that a healthy respect among team members will foster successful patient care.  The colonel urged listeners not to fear inexperience, but rather to study and learn from previous leaders and to seek out uncomfortable situations as opportunities for growth.  At the end of his talk, Jordan acknowledged that “[surgeons] are in combat every day” and expressed his amazement at the quality of expertise and patient care he had observed during his time at University of Maryland Medical Center.

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