Commentary

April 12, 2013

What leadership means to me

Master Sgt. ROBERT LEWIS
56th Civil Engineer Squadron

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A good leader in our Air Force profession of arms is one who strives to live, uphold and emulate our core values – integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. These are not just words a leader spits out without first understanding their meaning. These are not just words one casually commits to. It is a lifestyle.

This lifestyle we take with us to work in the morning, we take home to our families in the evening, and it’s a lifestyle we carry with us in our “tool bag arsenal” when we head down range to take care of each other.

This leader stands committed to be an example to others, including those who I bump into daily. A good leader can take charge when appropriate, yet is humble enough to let others lead without getting in the way.

Great leaders are capable of much more than they realize and are willing to stand outside of the proverbial comfort zone. A great leader cares for those in his or her charge and is willing to back them up in any way. A great leader comes in all forms, from the mighty officer corps to the noblest young Airman. A great leader takes advantage of learning from those around him while diligent in his chain of command’s intent. As this leader strides, he carries that tradition of honor forward in his life, throughout his career and exhibits a sense of pride in all aspects of development.

We are charged to be capable leaders in our Airman’s Creed. Simply put, it says we are American Airmen, we have answered our nation’s call, we lead the charge as wingmen, leaders and warriors, entrusted to never leave an Airman behind; we are brave enough to never falter and daring enough to ensure we will not fail.




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