What is leadership?
By Senior Master Sgt. Chris Underwood, 29th Rescue Wing Human Resources Advisor
/ Published November 03, 2009
MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- "Leadership is the capacity to influence others through inspiration, motivated by passion, generated by vision, produced by a conviction, ignited by a purpose," said Dr. Myles Munroe.
When we look at the statement made by Dr. Monroe, people such as CEOs of successful and thriving companies, charismatic and well-liked political officials, captains of a winning football teams, and stern and firm war generals come to mind because these positions are usually held by people that we look to for leadership or to show us the way toward victory and success.
We must be aware that those who hold and maintain such positions understand that in order for their organizations and communities to be successful, leadership must me instilled and developed at all times. Leadership consists of a collaborative and collective effort of people coming together to benefit the common good.
As we 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.
· Successful leaders lead with purpose, honor and compassion. They stand for something - to have made a difference though the strength of their 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?
Recommended Films for the month:
Viva La Causa, Amazing Grace, Shackleton, Twelve O'Clock High, and Miracle