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What Thirty Years Taught Me About Leadership

This week the United States Air Force celebrated its 70th birthday. I first joined the Air Force in 1978 so I’ve been associated with the service for almost half its life. Here are a few things I learned from the experience. Take leadership development seriously. The success of our Air Force, and I believe all the branches of the military, is in their unwavering commitment to developing leaders. I experienced…

TheConfidentLeader

The Leader’s Confidence Course Offered Through University of New Mexico Continuing Education

The Daedalus Group has partnered with the University of New Mexico Continuing Education to provide the Leader’s Confidence Course, an intense 2-day experience that gives new supervisors and managers basic skills to effectively lead their teams. Leading other people can be a daunting and even frightening experience. Faced with strong-willed personalities, little to no authority, demanding bosses, under-performing team members, short deadlines and long hours, many managers quickly realize they’ve…

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Shannon Brooks, center, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron production expeditor from Folio, Calif., reviews an aircraft forms binder which contains aircraft maintenance discrepancies and statuses Feb. 19, 2014, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Brooks improved the wash rack program by establishing a team structure, ensuring the wash teams had transportation and adequate tools, and he implemented a 30-day wash cycle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Gina Randall/Released)

A Leadership Story About Sergeant Joe

We called him Sergeant Joe. He was from Thailand and we could not pronounce his real name. It barely fit on his name tag so he took pity on us and let us call him Sergeant Joe. Three of us brand new aircraft mechanics were assigned as his trainees, which was very fortunate for us because he understood his leadership role and left a lasting impression on his young charges.…

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Toxic Behavior Destroys Team Trust

A prerequisite for effective and high-performing teams is trust among its members. According to Patrick Lencioni, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, trust is foundational to team effectiveness. Improving an absence of trust due to unfamiliarity, personality and cultural differences, or ambiguous roles and responsibilities is “relatively” straight forward for a team leader. But what about when trust is a casualty of what can only be described as toxic…

Happy Team

The Three-Step Foundation for Employee Engagement any Leader Can Use

Are your team members engaged? Unfortunately, many business leaders complain that some of their team members are not reliable and will shirk their responsibilities whenever they can? Since much of my leadership experience comes from a long career in the military, I’m often asked why the military seems to have more dedicated people. Of course, the military has members who are not engaged and are unreliable, but within the service…