Resilient Effective Adaptable Leadership
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB
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Perhaps the most challenging environment a military leader operates within occurs when foundational technologies are suddenly denied use, degraded in capability, or destroyed. The US military leadership culture must evolve to embody, enable, and achieve resilience of intent at a time, tempo, and level of effectiveness better than any adversary. This evolved leadership style acknowledges that it cannot prepare for everything, but through collaboration and rapid adaptation it will find solutions, maintain the advantage, and be able to effectively respond to almost anything. In many studies, the measure of organizational resilience is tied to its ability to continue without its established leaders. What is more effective, more challenging, and more relevant is the capacity to continue resiliently toward mission accomplishment when resources and technology are suddenly disrupted, rendered ineffective, or removed from well-established processes altogether. Resilient intent provides an interesting and uncommon lens through which leaders can begin to view their organization. There are six common blind spots in modern military culture inhibiting the development of more effective leaders to achieve resiliency trust, risk, investment of time, ownership, technology dependence, and personal adaptability. Appropriately, six primary questions can serve as catalysts for reflection and dialogue to aid the evolution of modern leadership culture to best prepare for surprise, disruption, and crisis.
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