The Crucible, By Warren Bennis And Robert Thomas Essay

1397 Words Jan 16th, 2016 6 Pages
My crucible experience was serving as a flight commander in the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program (ENJJPT). This was one of the most challenging leadership roles that I have been placed in, primarily because of the range of individuals that I was leading. It was not a lot of people, especially compared to Army leadership positions, but it was an interesting and challenging mix of individual types. While there are countless events that contributed to my overall learning experience, I will focus on two specific ones.
I must admit that as I was reading through the crucible stories from Warren Bennis and Robert Thomas’s article, I felt somewhat foolish calling my story a crucible. I simply had to lead a group of my peers along with a class of 13 young officers, striving to be future fighter pilots. Was that really a crucible story? As I referenced the article again, I read this sentence, “A crucible is, by definition, a transformative experience through which an individual comes to new or altered sense of identity .” Upon reflection, I realized that being an ENJJPT flight commander had truly changed me as an individual and as a leader, and it was indeed my crucible. I will begin with a little background and a description of the environment. When I arrived at Sheppard AFB, I was a senior captain, and I was selected as the H-flight commander. This flight had 7 Instructor Pilots (IPs) and 13 Student Pilots (SPs). My job “on paper” was to ensure the SPs…
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