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  • Embracing diversity: leadership perspective

    Diversity, according to Webster’s Dictionary, means, “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements, especially the inclusion of different types of people in a group or organization.”
  • Starting with why

    In his book “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action,” Simon Sinek presents the idea of a Golden Circle to describe organizations, which consists of three concentric rings with “why” at the center of the circle moving outward to “how” then “what.”Sinek proposes that the “what” of an organization is easy to identify; it’s
  • Pioneers of innovation

    Americans are innovators. We are part of a remarkable bloodline of problem-solvers, tinkerers and out-of-the-box thinkers. As Airmen, we continue this heritage by pushing the boundaries of what is possible, but I think it is important to give our inventive culture some historical context.
  • The importance of empowerment

    The Air Force is not slowing down, every day our Airmen are asked to do more and more with less. As leaders we continue to push through these challenges with our Airmen. However, we do not always have the answers or know how to solve the problem. This is why empowerment has a vital role within our units and in the U.S. Air Force.
  • The obligation of balance

    According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of balance is: an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady; keep or put something in a steady position so that it does not fall.
  • Why?

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — Simon Sinek offers the thought, “There are a few leaders who choose to inspire rather than manipulate in order to motivate people,” but choosing to inspire requires different skill sets than choosing where to eat for lunch.Sinek goes on to explain that inspiration starts from the inside out. It all starts with
  • It’s all about the sauce

    My favorite food is pizza. Red pizza or white pizza, lots of veggies or meat lovers, thick crust or thin crust—it doesn’t matter to me, if you keep out the anchovies, it’s all delicious.
  • Professional obligations as leaders

    On Aug. 24, McConnell’s newest staff sergeant selects hosted a release party. What should have been an incredibly joyous event for the wing was overshadowed by the lack of participation by some of our selects. As the names were called of individuals not in attendance, it became evident that a portion of the selects chose not to attend. Following the event, I was informed that some did not attend because they did not want to pay the fee.
  • Humility in good leadership

    There is a lot that goes into being an effective leader in the U.S. Air Force, but I find the most important ingredient to start with is humility. Humility isn’t thinking less of oneself; it’s thinking of oneself as no better than anyone else. It’s understanding that we all contribute to the mission in equal measure, maybe through different
  • Football doctrine on the battlefield

    Football has brought us many great things, not the least of which are funny Super Bowl commercials and Gatorade. The game has also brought us many leaders whose philosophies on the gridiron can be translated to doctrine on the battlefield. Take for example Vince Lombardi and Tom Brady.
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