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You have to fit in September 20, 2009 CORNER OFFICE Fitting In, and Rising to the Top  This interview with Linda Hudson, president of the land and armaments group  for  BAE Systems , a military contractor, was conducted, edited and condensed  by Adam Bryant. Q. What are the most important leadership lessons you’ve learned?  A. It was when I first became a company president, and it was the first job  where I was truly responsible for the performance of a company. I had  mastered the day-to-day mechanics of running organizations. But I don’t think  the leadership part of it had settled in quite as profoundly as it did when I took  over a company. I was the first female president of the  General Dynamics Corporation , and I  went out and bought my new fancy suits to wear to work and so on. And I’m at  work on my very first day, and a lady at  Nordstrom ’s had showed me how to  tie a scarf in a very unusual kind of way for my new suit. And I go to work and  wear my suit, and I have my first day at work. And then I come back to work  the next day, and I run into no fewer than a dozen women in the organization  who have on scarves tied exactly like mine. And that’s when I realized that life was never going to be the way it had been  before, that people were watching everything I did. And it wasn’t just going to 
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be about how I dressed. It was about my behavior, the example I set, the tone I  set, the way I carried myself, how confident I was — all those kinds of things.  It really was now about me and the context of setting the tone for the  organization.  That was a lesson I have never forgotten — that as a leader, people are looking  at you in a way that you could not have imagined in other roles. And I didn’t  see that nearly as profoundly when I was leading a functional organization or a  smaller enterprise. But to this day, not only the awareness of that, but the responsibility that goes  along with it, is something that I think about virtually every day. Q. What else did you learn from that? A. Well, it gets back to the obligations that go with the position, or how do you  parlay that position into something that is effective for the organization. And I  think it’s all about clarity, where you’re going, how you’re going to get there,  what you have to do to do it, communicating effectively and often, and being  very accessible and open to the people around you. It’s trying to bring the  human part of leadership into the day-to-day aspects of what you do.
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