Saturday, February 27, 2010

Personal Leadership Philosophies

I went on a search for leadership philosophies to share and found a very interesting example that spoke to me, especially since it was about the "Black Knights" of the 70th Intelligence Wing of the United States Air Force. Here is the link to the site I found it on:


As you will read below, the concepts of Teamwork, Leadership, and Communication are central to this young man's Personal Leadership Philosophy.

What is central to yours?

"Good morning Black Knights. I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a
little bit about myself, my vision and my expectations as I take command of THE
BEST intelligence squadron in the United States Air Force.

First of all,
my name is____________. I was born in the great state of Texas. I come from a
long line of military professionals. My father was a retired chief master
sergeant in the Air Force. He instilled in my brothers and me, a dedication to
service and upholding the freedoms that make this a great country. It was these
beliefs that drove me to attend and graduate from the United States Air Force
Academy in 1993. Upon completion of the Academy, I became an operations
intelligence analyst and later a graduate of the Air Force Weapons School. In my
13 years of service, I have lived in 2 foreign countries; deployed over 20 times
and I’ve completed 9 assignments. I have had many experiences; however, I am
most proud to be a member of the Black Knights. The knight symbolizes the noble
profession of arms. Like the knight, we are also members of a noble profession.
Thus, it is our duty to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States
and ensure that our actions embody integrity first, service before self and
excellence in all we do.

Now that you know a little bit about me, I would like to share with you my vision and philosophy for this squadron and outline for you the price of admission for being a member of the Black Knights. My vision for the Black Knights is to be the 70th Intelligence Wing’s Squadron of the Year for 2007. Last year, the Black Knights were the last squadron in the wing. Thus, the Black Knights are known as a squadron without pride, heads hanging low--a squadron plagued with low morale. However, the first sergeant and I believe the Knights are better than this last place finish. You have the skills, the talent and the motivation to make this goal a reality. In fact, I believe in approaching challenges with TLC. This stands for teamwork, leadership/loyalty, and communication.

TEAMWORK. Always remember that no man is an island. Teamwork is essential to making our squadron the best in the wing. The Air Force supports the Wingman Philosophy; however, we are going to live this philosophy….you are your brother’s keeper. Each member of this squadron is your wingman. I challenge you to get involved. Supervisors know your people, take care of their needs, recognize their accomplishments and create opportunities for their success. If you are not a supervisor, it’s your responsibility to take care of those around you. We can make our goal a reality if we work together.

LEADERSHIP—some say that you can only be a leader if you have a college degree or command a squadron. I contend that leadership is about motivating people to achieve a common goal. Therefore, leadership is a responsibility shared by all. We must lead each other down the path of success to our goal of being squadron of the year. Additionally, LOYALTY is essential to our goal. Loyalty comes in many forms. The most important is loyalty to each other, our squadron, our mission and the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force has set the standard with the core values: integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. Our loyalty to these values is the price of admission to this unit and the U.S. Air Force.

COMMUNICATION is the most important factor for our success. Miscommunication or a lack of communication will destroy a squadron. Good and open communication is the key. Therefore, feedback is important. Don’t be afraid to tell your supervisors potential problems. Let the leadership work these issues early. My door is always open; however, please try to work issues at the lowest level. Finally, give your supervisors the opportunity to fix problem before they become major issues. Supervisor attack all problems with care and professionalism. Most of all, treat them as if they were your own.

In closing, I would like to say I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead the Best Intelligence Squadron in the Air Force. We have a long road ahead of us and it won’t be easy. I am committed to my TLC philosophy and challenge you to embody these principles as well as the Air Force core values. I am confident that as long as we keep focused on our goal, take care of each other and anticipate and fix problems early, we will be successful.

Black Knights----Checkmate!!!!! "


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