JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas —
The 12th Maintenance Group conducted a week-long leadership development course for civilian aircraft maintainers Jan. 23-27 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.
The focus of the course was to help 12th MXG employees reach their full leadership potential by introducing them to the principles of leadership and professionalism.
“We need everyone in our organization to learn leadership skills because that’s what you do with people, you lead them,” said Bob West, 12th MXG director. “We wanted to give our folks an opportunity to learn from the best and become really good servant leaders.”
The leadership course, the Emerging Leaders Program, gave 12th MXG members a chance to identify their strengths and weaknesses as leaders.
“This week-long event is an opportunity for them to explore who they are,” said West. “It gives them an internal view of who they are as a leader and how they react to stress. Then we did a 360 degree feedback to give them an outer view from their peers and subordinates.”
The Emerging Leaders Program was developed by the 12th MXG due to civilian leadership courses not being available to their workforce of civil servants.
“We saw the need to have a workshop put together so we can develop our up-and-coming young leaders within the maintenance group,” said Brian Hall, 12th MXG maintenance operations division chief. “We hope we supplied them with the tools for the future and they take away from this class a feeling of the culture that we have tried to instill into this organization of leadership and taking care of people and the vision of the future of our organization.”
By investing in the development of future leaders, the 12th MXG is ensuring their ability to support the 12th Flying Training Wing’s mission well into the future.
“Our most valuable asset is our people,” said West. “It’s almost a worn out term but it’s so true. People make your program go. If you don’t invest in them you are not going to be successful. It’s the only way you are going to progress and the only way you are going to get those great ideas you need to succeed.”