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  • Being a visible leader

    In thinking of a workable, relevant leadership philosophy, I try to keep things simple and stick to the Air Force core values as a starting point for my own leadership rules.My first rule is to be honest.You must be honest with yourself. Know who you are and, just as importantly, who you are not. Not all of us are transformational leaders, that’s
  • Onward and upward, supervisor!

    Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in the celebration of the Airman Leadership School graduation. My wife and I were able to meet with four of our Airmen and their spouses, and observed a literal transition of more than 40 senior airmen and staff sergeants from their roles of the reliable Airman to that of the responsible supervisor.
  • Lead people effectively not efficiently

    A good test of leadership is how your team reacts to a fire drill. In the moment of a crisis or exercise, will your team be professional or juvenile? How the team handles a drill or an exercise directly reflects on how well you prepared them.
  • Creating high performance through job satisfaction

    Do you like your job? Do your Airmen like their jobs? If you answered no, why? How you answer those questions can say a lot about your organization. Believe it or not, you can create a better workplace for your Airmen.
  • Own your order of belonging

    Trudging through the portal as you step through the security checkpoint, making your way as quickly as you can to the familiar hall and secured room day in and day out, you could be forgiven for thinking there’s really no practical reason to wear a combat uniform here. You could be forgiven for forgetting there are people depending on you all over the world who wear the same uniform as you do in harm’s way. We forget.
  • Why I Wear the Uniform

    Why do you wear the uniform? This question can have an infinite number of answers depending on the person you are asking. I wear this uniform for several different reasons. The main reason I rose my right hand, swore an oath and joined the percent of the population willing to serve is because I have always wanted a career that gave me a sense of purpose.
  • Together we are stronger

    “You guys are a force to be reckoned with.” Those were my mom’s word describing my siblings and me when our behavior was not conforming to what she deemed as appropriate. As one of ten kids, I knew we could get a little mischievous, to put it lightly. We fought like cats and dogs among ourselves but protected each other through hell and high water.
  • Levels of Leadership

    Throughout my active duty and civil service career, I’ve sat through numerous classes on leadership beginning as a young senior Airman, to required professional military education classes as a junior and senior non-commissioned officer and finally as a civilian.
  • What I learned about leadership

    “Leadership is a gift. It’s given by those who follow. You have to be worthy of it.” – General Mark Welsh.
  • Leave it better than you found it

    When I was six years old, I learned a leadership lesson that has continued to be relevant throughout my Air Force career – “Leave A Place Better Than You Found It.” That’s right, a colonel is referencing a lesson learned as a child, but I’m writing about it today because it is still extremely relevant.This philosophy was first instilled upon me as

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