1. SOURCE: HTTP://EBIZ.NETOPIA.COM/LEARNTOLEAD/2TRAITSANDQUALITIES/ PERSONAL LEADERSHIP PHILOSOPHY: STUDENT EXAMPLES (May 2006)This page contains a series of student-drafted Personal Leadership Philosophies(PLP). Scroll down to view. Personal Leadership Philosophy— First Commander’s Call Good morning Black Knights. I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little bitabout myself, my vision and my expectations as I take command of THE BEST intelligencesquadron in the United States Air Force. First of all, my name is____________. I was born in the great state of Texas. I comefrom a long line of military professionals. My father was a retired chief master sergeant in theAir Force. He instilled in my brothers and me, a dedication to service and upholding thefreedoms that make this a great country. It was these beliefs that drove me to attend and graduatefrom the United States Air Force Academy in 1993. Upon completion of the Academy, I becamean operations intelligence analyst and later a graduate of the Air Force Weapons School. In my13 years of service, I have lived in 2 foreign countries; deployed over 20 times and I’vecompleted 9 assignments. I have had many experiences; however, I am most proud to be amember of the Black Knights. The knight symbolizes the noble profession of arms. Like theknight, we are also members of a noble profession. Thus, it is our duty to uphold and defend theconstitution of the United States and ensure that our actions embody integrity first, servicebefore 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 andphilosophy for this squadron and outline for you the price of admission for being a member of theBlack Knights. My vision for the Black Knights is to be the 70th Intelligence Wing’s Squadron ofthe Year for 2007. Last year, the Black Knights were the last squadron in the wing. Thus, theBlack Knights are known as a squadron without pride, heads hanging low--a squadronplagued with low morale. However, the first sergeant and I believe the Knights are better thanthis 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 tomaking 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 memberof this squadron is your wingman. I challenge you to get involved. Supervisors know yourpeople, take care of their needs, recognize their accomplishments and create opportunities fortheir 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 orcommand a squadron. I contend that leadership is about motivating people to achieve a commongoal. Therefore, leadership is a responsibility shared by all. We must lead each other downthe path of success to our goal of being squadron of the year. Additionally, LOYALTY isessential to our goal. Loyalty comes in many forms. The most important is loyalty to eachother, our squadron, our mission and the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force has set the standardwith the core values: integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. Our loyaltyto these values is the price of admission to this unit and the U.S. Air Force.
2. COMMUNICATIONis the most important factor for our success. Miscommunicationor a lack of communication will destroy a squadron. Good and open communication is thekey. Therefore, feedback is important. Don’t be afraid to tell your supervisors potentialproblems. Let the leadership work these issues early. My door is always open; however, pleasetry to work issues at the lowest level. Finally, give your supervisors the opportunity to fixproblem before they become major issues. Supervisor attack all problems with care andprofessionalism. 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 BestIntelligence Squadron in the Air Force. We have a long road ahead of us and it won’t be easy. Iam committed to my TLC philosophy and challenge you to embody these principles as well as theAir Force core values. I am confident that as long as we keep focused on our goal, take care ofeach other and anticipate and fix problems early, we will be successful. Black Knights----Checkmate!!!!!