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  • Leadership by example

    I am privileged to serve with members of the U.S. Air Force, who are dedicated, innovative and live a life of sacrifice.

  • Leaders: Born or made?

    Have you ever considered whether leaders are born or if they’re made? Which is greater? Put mathematically, is Made Leadership > Born Leadership?

  • Mentor, coach, lead

    Many consider leadership a trait you’re born with it, while some consider it a trait you hone and develop through reflection and feedback. I contend it is both—we all have leadership qualities within in us, and it is our life experiences and interactions that shape them.My kindergarten teacher, Ms.

  • What happened to “us?”

    Let’s be honest with ourselves—the majority of the Air Force is made up of technical career fields, whether that is a flight crew following a checklist, a maintainer or logistic readiness squadron Airmen completing equipment preventative maintenance inspection, or civil engineers maintaining real

  • Who do you owe, why are you here

    My story about joining the U.S. Air Force is a selfish one. When I finished completing my undergraduate and master’s degrees, I simply needed a job. I had mounting student loans from graduate school and bills that needed to be paid. Many of my family members had served in the armed forces and my

  • Attitude

    You can either love what you do or hate it, but it all depends on your attitude.Colin Powell once said, “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”I read this during a challenging assignment when I didn’t have the right attitude. I was a section superintendent responsible for the actions, products

  • Asking why

    A few years ago, I had the unique privilege to spend time listening to and talking with Simon Sinek, author of The New York Times best seller, "Start with Why."  If you have not heard him speak, read his book, or perhaps watched any of his many TED Talk on-line presentations, I highly encourage you

  • Trust is an operational accelerant

    In his book, “The Speed of Trust,” Stephen M. R. Covey talks about trust as one part credibility and one part capability. To me, credibility is doing what you say you will do, and capability is having the necessary skills to do what you say you will do.I view trust as an operational accelerant that,

  • Know your people

    After entering the Air Force in April 1993, I was very concerned that I would get lost in the shuffle.After basic military training, I attended technical school at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, before arriving to my first duty station at Castle Air Force Base, California. When I arrived, I was

  • Followership makes for good leadership

    Ducemus…we lead! Our recent successes in our Nuclear Operations Readiness Inspection and Unit Compliance Inspection, with deployments and exercises are a testament to individual leadership and the leadership training Airmen received at every stage in their career. For a great team like ours to pull