Air Force

December 21, 2012

Leadership: Matter of ABCs

Master Sgt. LEE HARTWIG
756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Leadership, depending on who you ask, can have many definitions. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines leadership as: “1. the office or position of a leader; 2. capacity to lead; and 3. the act or an instance of leading.” Wikipedia defines leadership as “organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal.” In a military environment, these are both good starting points but fall short of encompassing the essence of leadership. The following are my personal ABCs on leadership:

  • A – Apply the core values: One of the greatest pieces of advice I was given was from the fifth Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Robert Gaylor: “Everything I’ve ever needed to know to do my job I learned in basic military training …” In the context of a larger conversation, Gaylor was referring to our core values of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. If the things you do and the decisions you make can be bench checked against the core values (and pass), then you are most likely on the right track.
  • B – Be consistent: One of the most common mistakes I see young supervisors and leaders make is not being consistent. Everything that comes out of your mouth should be a promise, and be as fair and impartial as you can.
  • C – Courage under fire: Have the moral courage to make tough calls and stand by them. Leaders rarely win the popular vote with 100 percent of their followers.
  • D – Delegate with confidence: Delegate and empower your Airmen. When appropriate, let them stand on their own two feet and allow them leadership opportunities early on.
  • E – Empathy: Becoming a young supervisor/leader does not cancel all the bonehead mistakes you have made along the way. In fact, they helped you gain experience and develop into the person you are today. Your subordinates will make mistakes as they grow and develop into young leaders. Don’t forget where you came from, and let your Airmen do their own growing up, when appropriate.
  • F – Follow through: Fire-and-forget leadership is one of the worst things you can do as a leader. The phrase “trust but verify” comes to mind here. Trust your Airmen, but verify. Is the job done right?
  • G – Goal setting: It is said that the difference between a dream and a goal is a deadline. Set high, but obtainable, goals and achieve them. If you don’t achieve your goal, then don’t change the goal. Instead, change the steps you use to reach that goal.

In every unit, there are leaders waiting to mentor our young Airmen and mold them into outstanding supervisors and leaders. Are you one of them?




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Dollars and Sense

When active-duty members receive their last leave and earnings statement on active duty, the LES will state that their end-of-month paycheck will be withheld. This is normal. Their final paycheck will be calculated manually by a comptroller technician to include (if applicable) leave sellback, separation/severance pay, and unpaid debts along with their regular pay. For...
 
 

Street Beat

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents April 14 through 21: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 17 moving and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents April 15: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a government-owned vehicle and a privately owned vehicle in the parking lot of Bldg....
 
 
140414-F-EC705-097

Sports Shorts – April 25, 2014

Patrick Paul, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, backs down a defender during the intramural basketball championship game April 14 against 56th Force Support Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. LRS defeated FSS 50-41. LRS takes B-...
 

 

Air Force News – April 25, 2014

Hawaii As part of a morale tour sponsored by the American 300 Warrior Support Organization, U.S. Olympian and Sochi Olympics bronze medal winner Alex Deibold toured the 15th Wing and visited with Airmen at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Romania A week-long bilateral training exercise between the U.S. and the Romanian air force concluded at the...
 
 
Pg-1-Standalone---140411-F-HT977-026

Weather: Exercise component

First responders prepare to transport a simulated injured patient during an extreme weather exercise April 11 at Luke Air Force Base. The exercise was designed to train and evaluate Luke Airmen on readiness and preparation for ...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Plane crash, coma doesn’t deter pilot

Courtesy photo Retired Capt. David Berling, 56th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, stands in front of his 1977 Cessna RG March 23, 2012, at the Glendale Airport. Berling lost his legs in a 2007 plane crash, the subject ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin