Commentary

October 4, 2013

Leadership has many forms

Senior Master Sgt. SENIOUR DOUGLAS Jr.
56th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Leadership comes in many forms such as skill, knowledge, appearance and rank. There are other forms of leadership that are used less but greatly needed in today’s military. A few of these are inspiring, caring, nurturing and growing your personnel.

It’s been said by many past leaders that if you support your people they will support you. I’ve heard the question asked how to recruit people to participate in squadron, base and community activities.

The answer is simple. You support and encourage them when they need it; whether it’s an intramural sport, church function, volunteer opportunity or a personal matter. The fact that you care enough to listen, be involved or support them is immensely important when asking for their support in return.

Respect is earned not given. Some may respect the rank or position but not the person. Your rank alone will not inspire people. You must engage them in not only day-to-day operations but what is important to them as well.

Most everyone knows leaders come in all ranks, genders and races. Once you show your people you care, they will open up and then the real fun begins with nurturing and growing. Nurturing comes in many forms and one of the first is active communication and listening. Discover their goals and what inspires them and match them with the goals of the organization. Your leadership and organization will be more effective.

There are those who believe the things mentioned above take too much time and effort, and the focus is on the individual as opposed to the team. To have the attitudes of me first and the military owes me something are detrimental to the United States military as a whole. When this attitude is prevalent in leaders the spirit, morale and organizational support suffers. I fully understand that there is a need to take care of yourself and your career, but it is essential to grow leaders of the future, applying the same effort put into your own career.

I’ve been fortunate in my military career to have supervisors, mentors, peers and coworkers who have instilled in me these concepts, and understand we are all joined together. They also implanted in me the importance of keeping that bond so as not to fail.

The words U.S. Air Force are over your heart for a reason; for the future of the greatest Air Force the world has ever known. So I challenge you to get out from behind your desk, inspire, care, nurture and grow our Airmen.




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


 
 

 

Fly, fight & win! Luke plays unique role in AF mission

The mission of the Air Force is to fly, fight and win. The Air Force’s “motto,” as it was originally called, was adopted October 2010. Capt. Gregroy Bollrud of Hurlburt Field Florida, wrote, “It succinctly captures what our Air Force has been renowned for ever since its creation in 1947. Also, the specific choice of...
 
 

Wingman for life

“I look after my wingman. He looks after me. We work together. We fight together.” — Col. Gabby Gabriski, WWII ace Having a wingman has been an essential part of combat flying since the beginning. A wingman is able to watch your “6,” provide support and can offer a different perspective on a situation. These...
 

 
141119-F-HT977-165

Chiefs announced

Senior master sergeants selected for promotion to chief master sergeant at Luke Air Force Base posed in front of the static F-16 Fighting Falcon in front of the wing headquarters building. They are, from left, Kelbey Norton, 56...
 
 

Enlisted promotion system changes continue

WASHINGTON — This January, changes to the Weighted Airman Promotion System will continue with adjustments to the scoring model for promotions to technical sergeant and below, all designed to help ensure job performance is the most important factor when evaluating and identifying Airmen for promotion. The current WAPS enlisted performance report calculation model for technical...
 
 

News Briefs November 21, 2014

Kachina Gate closure The Kachina Gate will be closed to inbound traffic Dec. 8 through 19 for gas valve repair. Outbound traffic will not be affected. For more information, call 623-856-7051. Kids cooking class Kids Kamp Cooking Class is 4 to 6 p.m. for ages 8 to 12 and 7 to 9 p.m. for ages...
 




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