Air Force Case Study

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On September 18, 1947 a “business” started, it was originally responsible for upholding the national interests of this country through air power and consisted of less than 400,000 “employees” (AFMOS, 2007, page 39). Sixty three years later and through numerous changes the “company” is still operating, now as a global organization with representation in every corner of the globe; with a personnel end strength as of September 2010 of 680,000 (Donely, 2010), and is responsible for protecting national interests in air, space and cyberspace. I am referring to the United States Air Force and during this discussion I will describe how the Air Force uses the same strategies as civilian businesses resulting in the “business” of aircraft maintenance.…show more content…
During professional development courses the question is eventually asked, “What kind of characteristics do you feel a good leader possesses?” The answers start pouring out: honesty, fairness, intelligence, competence, knowledge, openness, effective listening skills and so on. In chapter 2 of our text they refer to “the big 5 personality traits,” which are: extroversion, negative affectivity, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness to experience (Jones & George, 2011, page 47). Scales were also provided for each to identify whether they were high or low for that trait. Being low in any of them is not a negative indication, and I feel that people are constantly moving up and down each scale; I have worked for more than my share of supervisors who did just that and they came across as a bit bipolar. But I consider all of these to be useful in identifying where and what function a person may be successful as a leader, they can also be used as a measuring stick to identify when an individual has matured and become more willing and capable of accepting greater responsibility. Traits can be used as indicators but how a person conducts their business is says even

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