Part 1: Barnhart on Current Exhibits and Mission at USSRC

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - On this week's edition of Leadership Perspectives, Paul Finley, former mayor of Madison, interviews Dr. Deborah Barnhart.  Barnhart is the CEO of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

The USSRC, located in Huntsville, is the largest tourist attraction in the state of Alabama.  He asks her about the center's latest offerings.

Dr. Barnhart discusses The Red Bull Stratos Exhibit Tour, which is there through September 30. It has the space suit Felix Baumgartner wore to break the speed of sound jumping from the stratosphere to Earth on October 14, 2012.  This is one of only four places you can see the suit before it goes to The Smithsonian.

About 20 years ago, Dr. Barnhart was the director of Space Camp.  She has a wealth of experience, including 26 years in the U.S. Navy.  She also worked as a senior leader in three aerospace companies.  Barnhart talked about leadership.

"All the tools in your toolbox add up to what kind of a leader you can be," said Dr. Barnhart.

She also talked about why it's important to keep focused.

"Mission is everything. Just like a ship, you've got to have a compass heading," said Dr. Barnhart.  "Even if you're two or three degrees from that heading, that's unproductive. You're wasting time and energy and you're confusing the people who come in the wake of that focus.  Mission and focus, and passion for that -- focus on it all the time, is what's critical for leadership."