Commentary

May 9, 2014

Do you really know your people?

Tech. Sgt. MICHAEL DICICCO
56th Security Forces Squadron

What makes a leader? You can ask anyone this question, and every time you’ll get a different answer.

When I think of the great leaders I’ve had the honor and privilege to work with, I think of all the similar traits and qualities they shared. The most important is their ability to effectively communicate with subordinates.

I believe for someone to be an effective leader they must be able to communicate with their subordinates. Now communication isn’t just speaking to them; it’s listening and actually hearing what they’re saying to you. As a leader and professional, personal relationships should always be a top priority and not just something you feel you have to do. It should be something you truly care about and want to do.

Ret. Senior Master Sgt. Michael LaVanway, one of my mentors, asked me the following questions in regard to effective communication:

  • Do you know how many children your subordinates have and what their names are?
  • Do you know what motivates them?
  • Have you ever asked them about their spouse or significant other?

If you can’t answer those simple questions, do you truly care about your subordinates and their wellbeing?

Now even though I wasn’t supervising anyone at the time, it really hit me because I wasn’t sure I could answer all those questions, which really bothered me. Until this conversation, I believed I was a good supervisor, which I still believed I was, however, this opened my eyes to another level of communication.

If you believe your subordinates aren’t paying attention, don’t care or if you feel communication isn’t an important trait in a leader, here’s a little exercise for you that can reap unimaginable results. The next time you ask one of your subordinates how their family is doing, try referring to their spouse or children by their first name. That little touch of personalization will add sincerity to your question and give the person an indication that you truly are concerned and interested in them. This will facilitate more than the typical response of, “They’re good. Thanks.”




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


 
 

 
Pg-1-photo-150612-F-EC705-058

Emerald Knights go out with bang

Emerald Knights watch a burning piano during the 308th Fighter Squadron inactivation party June 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The 308th FS and aircraft maintenance unit have packed up and are transitioning to the 314th FS standing...
 
 
2_lemery_d2

Respect — want, earn, give, but don’t lose it

Lt. Col. David Lemery We all want it, some earn it, some are given it and some lose it. Respect can be defined as a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities or achievements. As ...
 
 

Solve problems at lowest level

Crucial in our Air Force environment today is having the proper tools and skillsets available to deal with problems. There is literally something new almost every single day that will invoke problem solving skills. When faced with a problem, an important mindset to have is to resolve the issue at the lowest possible level. Some...
 

 

News Briefs June 26, 2015

607th ACS change of command Lt. Col. Charles Jones will relinquish command of the 607th Air Control Squadron to Lt. Col. Jerald Canny in a ceremony at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Hangar 999.   CMS change of command Maj. Scott Hall will relinquish command of the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron to Maj. Anthony Sutton in...
 
 

Fighting Falcons arrive at Holloman

Courtesy photo Six F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 308th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base arrive in formation June 16 at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. The 308th FS has inactivated and the soon to be activated 314th FS assumes the 308th FS mission of training F-16 pilots as a 56th Fighter Wing...
 
 
5_Courtesy-photo

Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

Courtesy photo Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of...
 




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=""> <s> <strike> <strong>