The Importance Of Leadership Philosophy

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There are several observations presented by General Arnold that influence aspects of my leadership philosophy. Those aspects are teamwork, taking care of people, and moral courage. General Arnold explains the importance of the Commanding General’s advisory council to General Spaatz. He recommends utilizing an advisory council in order to sift through all of the critical information requiring the attention of Commanding General of the Army Air Forces. This describes a key aspect of my leadership philosophy, which is teamwork. The advisory council as described by General Arnold sounds much like a Commander’s Action Group (CAG). Having personally led such an office, I understand firsthand the importance of the work that needed to be accomplished …show more content…
Although not called out explicitly, General Arnold refers to the importance of taking care of the troops. He does so by placing emphasis on discipline, securing housing, and providing guidance to supporting agencies. I believe that when troops are disciplined, the commander does not need to worry about the troops carrying out those orders. Providing troops with the tools they need to accomplish the mission & rewarding superior performance are key components of taking care of people, a critical aspect of my leadership philosophy. Based on my experience, if the leader takes good care of his troops, they will, for the most part, do everything in their power to ensure that the organization is successful in accomplishing the …show more content…
Doing the right thing takes moral courage, especially if the actions the leader is taking are unpopular. This may even include jeopardizing one’s own career or reputation for the benefit of the organization and the US Air Force. Col John Boyd once said, “To be somebody or to do something.” His words resonated with me and have been my moral compass throughout my career. General Arnold, instead of having addressed several issues (e.g. separating unfits, flying pay, wasteful spending) during his 10 years in Washington, merely passes them on to General Spaatz as things to consider. Two statements General Arnold made led me to assume that he didn’t have the moral courage to do something about these issues while in office: 1) that he’s known about the issue of flying pay for some time and 2) that he knows that many officers are not fully qualified. Given the wartime operations tempo during his tenure as Commanding General of the Army Air Forces, it is possible that he was forced to focus his attention on more pressing issues. However, since these issues existed for an extended period of time and they were of such importance to pass on to his successor, then General Arnold should have taken action to resolve those issues, regardless of how unpopular the outcome may have been. The focus should have been on making the right decisions for the

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