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Leadership Lessons From the Flightline
Leadership Lessons From the Flightline
Leadership Lessons From the Flightline
Leadership Lessons From the Flightline
Leadership Lessons From the Flightline
Leadership Lessons From the Flightline
Leadership Lessons From the Flightline
Leadership Lessons From the Flightline
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Leadership Lessons From the Flightline

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There are few jobs as stressful as ensuring airplanes fly safely, unless it's ensuring that explosives don't go off when they aren't supposed to. …

There are few jobs as stressful as ensuring airplanes fly safely, unless it's ensuring that explosives don't go off when they aren't supposed to.

Bob Mason has successfully led organizations that do both. In this presentation he shares tips and techniques that make leaders successful in difficult and stressful situations.

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  • 1. Leadership Lessons From the FlightlineWhat I Learned From ACareer With Airplanesand ExplosivesBob Masonwww.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights Reserved
  • 2. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights ReservedLeadership Lessons From the FlightlineThere are few jobs as stressful as ensuring airplanesfly safely, unless its ensuring that explosives dont gooff when they arent supposed to. Bob Mason hassuccessfully led organizations that do both.He’s learned some truths about leadership that shouldbe common knowledge, but so often are not.
  • 3. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights Reserved- People are looking for good leadership.Skilled, motivated people still need and want someone toprovide a leadership function.Aircraft mechanics are highly skilled and able to workindependently, but they still want someone to support them andhandle the bigger issues.- People like to feel special. The most successfulorganizations are the ones that do that.The F-117 and combat rescue were two units that demonstratedhow a feeling of being special contributed to a high level of success.Leadership Lessons From the Flightline
  • 4. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights Reserved- Trouble starts when leaders think they’re the smartestperson in the room.Leading munitions technicians when you’re not a munitionsexpert will quickly teach you this lesson.- Excellence starts from the bottom up, not from the topdown. The boss can talk about it, but that doesn’t makeit happen.There was always talk about excellence but it was only when thelower level practiced it that excellence really happened.Leadership Lessons From the Flightline
  • 5. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights Reserved- Employees aren’t engaged because leaders don’t askthem to be. If workers don’t know how what they domakes the organization successful, why should theyput in any additional. It also helps if workers know theirleaders understand what that worker contributes andwhy they’re important.In one unit, the workers had never had anyone explain how theycontributed and why what they did was important. Once theybegan to understand that, the whole organization worked better.Leadership Lessons From the Flightline
  • 6. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights Reserved- Organizations that have formal leadershipdevelopment programs will be more successful thanthose that don’t. Supervisors and managers whounderstand the basics of leadership will pull anorganization through the hard times.The military sometimes sends people on very difficult missionswith other people they haven’t worked with. The military’scommon, and very thorough leadership development programmakes that work.Leadership Lessons From the Flightline
  • 7. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights Reserved- Leaders must get out with the troops. They must knowwho you are and you must know who they are.Leaders who made it a point to get out on the flightline and visitthe shops were more successful because they had a much betterunderstanding of their troops and what they did.Leadership Lessons From the Flightline
  • 8. www.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights ReservedThese fundamental principles worked in verydemanding and often difficult situations.They will work for you too!Leadership Lessons From the Flightline
  • 9. Leadership Lessons From the FlightlineWhat I Learned From A Career WithAirplanes and ExplosivesBring this exciting and informative program to your organizationContact Bob at rlm@PlanLeadExcel.com or 866-243-1682Bob Mason helps companies develop energized leaders, engaged employees and more profitswww.PlanLeadExcel.comCopyright 2013 by Bob Mason All Rights Reserved

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