Enlisted Leadership Development
By Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Underwood, 129th Rescue Wing Human Resources Advisor
/ Published November 03, 2010
MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- "Leadership is an influence relationship among leaders and followers who intend real changes that reflect their mutual purposes."
-Joseph C. Rost, professor of leadership and administration
School of Education, University of San Diego
The influenced relationship with the intent for real change that both officers and enlisted personnel in the United States Air Force share reflect our mutual purpose, our core values, integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all that we do.
The enlisted force is the backbone and foundation of the United States Air Force and it is imperative that we have a well-developed force of leaders who are reliable and ready to partner with fellow officers and lead our Air Force into the 21st Century while we continue to defend our nation and its interests.
The only way we can be successful at this is by adhering to the "framework within which military activities take place and are the basis for Air Force policies, guidance, and focus" according to The Enlisted Force Structure, AFI 36-2618 in reference to our core values.
As enlisted leaders in the Air Force it's important that we are equipped with institutional competencies (i.e. employing military capabilities, enterprise perspective, embodying Air Force culture, leading people, managing organizations and resources, strategic thinking, fostering collaborative relationships, and thinking) which are detailed as "leadership, management, and warrior ethos" required by all Airman in AFI 36-2618.
One way the 129th Rescue Wing will contribute to the development of our Airman is by providing a supervisor's training course that is designed to equip us with the motivation, guidance, mentorship and other administrative tools necessary to be successful leaders and managers in our current assignments as well as prepare us to assume leadership positions as we are called upon throughout our careers.
As we continue to push the Flywheel and raise the bar that the Air National Guard Office of Cultural Leadership and Development has set for us, continue the Flywheel Momentum by interweaving these points into your agendas for all meetings and monthly roll-calls:
- Successful leaders instill confidence, earn lasting respect and create willing followers who provide the foundation of professionalism at every level.
- It is, ABOVE ALL, to lead: with purpose, with honor, with compassion. To stand for something, to have made some difference though the strength of your commitment to lead!
Ask yourself; "What did I do today to push on the flywheel?"
- Do you lead passionately to inspire and empower Airmen to action around the enduring values of integrity, service and excellence?
- Are you relentless in the quest to empower breakthrough in the daily pursuit to reach, to stretch, to lead?
- How do you challenge and develop Airmen and create change through them?
Our fellow officers are counting on us to join them in being ready, reliable, and effective leaders. The viability of our Air Force and the security of our nation are dependent upon a well developed enlisted leadership force.