The USAF and Future Leaders

3289 WordsJan 30, 201813 Pages
The USAF invests a lot of time and money in developing future leaders. In fact it established four schools geared toward developing its enlisted force at different levels of leadership. Those schools are the Airmen Leadership School (ALS), Non-commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA), and Senior Non-Commissioned Academy (SNCO), and the Chief School. All four schools focus on developing the leadership and management skills needed to supervise, manage, and lead people at each level of responsibility. The military as a whole has long history of leadership training and development (Gibson, 2005). The accomplishment of the mission is paramount for any military organization. Leadership is the determining factor in obtaining that goal. USAF defines leadership as the impact of personal influence and persuasion upon followers to direct the accomplishment of objectives. Leadership is not restricted to senior management and leadership, but is expected throughout all ranks. Gibson (2005, p2) states “effective leadership is imperative to the achievement of military missions and the perception of the appropriate individuals, regardless of tenor, as leaders is paramount to this effectiveness.” The way leaders interact and manage people has a direct bearing on employees’ job performance and satisfaction. Too often in the USAF many leaders employ an authoritative leadership style at the expense of people. Others fail to engage their followers at all. The assumption in the USAF is that
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