The United States Air Force Aims to be Fueled by Innovation, but is it Developing Leaders Who Can Hit That Target?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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In January of 2013, the Air Force released an updated vision statement titled The Worlds Greatest Air Force Powered by Airmen, Fueled by Innovation which acknowledges the importance of innovation and demands the development of leaders at all levels that are capable of fostering and guiding creative organizations. The Air Force leader development model is centered on eight institutional competencies which are developed through education, training and experience over the course of ones career. The purpose of this thesis is to determine if the current leadership competencies prescribed in the Air Force Institutional Competency List support the Air Forces updated vision by developing leaders who can create an environment which encourages creative thinking. This determination was made through answering the following questions 1 What are the key aspects of a creative organization and 2 what leadership competencies are necessary to lead a creative organization The results of the research were then compared against the current competencies through a gap analysis in order to determine the sufficiency of the current competencies.
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