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					AIR FORCE


LEADERSHIP
“BONES”
Someone said the membership of every
organization is made up of four kinds of Bones:
• There are the Wishbones who spend their time wishing
  someone else would do the work!
• There are Jawbones who do all talking, but very little else!
• Next, there are Knucklebones who knock everything else
  everybody tries to do!
• Finally, there are the Backbones who get under the load
  and do the work!
               What kind of Bone are you???
                                                Mr. Wilburt Hill
Overview
•   Leadership Defined
•   Air Force Concept of Leadership
•   Leadership Traits
•   Leadership Principles
•   The Leadership Situation
•   Leadership Preparation
Leadership Defined
• Reference: AFP 35-49, Air Force Leadership,
  1 Sep 85
• Definition: Leadership is the art of influencing
  and directing people to accomplish the
  mission.
   –   What are the key words?
   –   Who are your leaders?
   –   How should leaders be selected?
   –   What’s the difference between leadership and
       management?
Air Force Concept of Leadership
• Basic Concept the leader must remember-- there
  are two fundamental elements in leadership:

  – The Mission: Primary task of a military organization is
    to perform its mission.

  – The People: People perform the mission. The Leader’s
    responsibilities include the care and support of the unit’s
    personnel, and they ensure the needs of their people are
    met promptly and properly.
Air Force Concept of Leadership

Former AF Chief of Staff General Curtis E. LeMay:

  “NO MATTER HOW WELL YOU APPLY THE ART OF
  LEADERSHIP, NO MATTER HOW STRONG YOUR UNIT OR
  HOW HIGH THE MORALE OF YOUR MEN, IF YOUR
  LEADERSHIP IS NOT DIERCTED COMPLETELY TOWARD
  THE MISSION, YOUR LEADERSHIP HAS FAILED.”
Leadership Traits
• Six Traits Vital to Air Force Leaders:
   – Integrity: Total commitment to the highest personal
     and professional standards.
   – Loyalty: Three-dimensional trait which includes
     faithfulness to superiors, peers and subordinates.
   – Commitment: Complete devotion to duty.
   – Energy: An enthusiasm and drive to take the initiative.
   – Decisiveness: A willingness to act.
   – Selflessness: Sacrificing personal requirements for a
     greater cause.
Leadership Principles
• Know your job: People will follow a
  competent person. Know what you do not
  know and take corrective action.
• Know yourself: Effective leaders know their
  strengths and weaknesses, and must recognize
  personal capabilities and limitations.
• Set the example: Must set the standard for
  positive conduct and appearance both on and
  off duty.                                (cont)
Leadership Principles                            (cont)



• Care for people: If people believe they are
  cared for, the leader is in a position to earn their
  confidence, respect and loyalty.
• Communicate: Up, down and across.
• Educate: People should be properly trained to
  do their jobs.
• Equip: Ensure unit is equipped properly. (cont)
Leadership Principles                                 (cont)


• Motivate: Greatest challenge is motivating people
  to achieve high standards--motivation is the force
  behind effective leaders.
   – Goal: Leaders must provide an environment that fosters
     and rewards self-motivation.
• Accept your responsibility: Leaders are responsible
  for performing the unit’s mission--if the unit fails,
  the leader is accountable for the consequences.
   – Leaders must have the authority to match their
     responsibility.                                   (cont)
Leadership Principles                            (cont)



• Develop teamwork: Leaders must mold a
  collection of individual performers into a
  cohesive team which works together to
  accomplish the mission.
  – Teamwork results when people are willing to put
    the mission before all else.
The Leadership Situation
• Each leadership situation should be
  approached by paying careful attention to the
  four primary factors:
  – Mission: Define the mission, set priorities and
    reasonable and acceptable standards for mission
    accomplishment.
  – People: People perform the mission. The leader
    must provide training and learn the experience
    levels of each of their people.               (cont)
The Leadership Situation                           (cont)




 – Leader: Must be able to adapt their leadership style
   to meet the mission demands and the demands of
   their people.
 – Environment: Leaders must alter leadership
   behavior, as necessary, to accommodate changes in
   the environment. Be sensitive to the surroundings.
Leadership Preparation
  –   Think about leadership
  –   Observe leaders in action
  –   Study leadership and the profession of arms
  –   Practice leadership

Former Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
Robert D. Gaylor: “IF A LEADER WILL TAKE CARE OF
THEIR PEOPLE BY PROVIDING SUPPORT, MOTIVATION,
COMMUNICATION, AND DISCIPLINE, THEIR PEOPLE WILL
TAKE CARE OF THE MISSION.”
Summary
•   Leadership Defined
•   Air Force Concept of Leadership
•   Leadership Traits
•   Leadership Principles
•   The Leadership Situation
•   Leadership Preparation

				
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