by Joe Thomas
Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs
7/17/2015 - BARKSALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Air
Force Global Strike Command officers attended a course at the Cyber
Innovation Center on July 14-16, in Bossier City, Louisiana, to develop
one of the most important assets of the nuclear mission-- the people.
"The Leadership Enhancement Course is designed to prepare officers for
their first leadership position in Air Force Global Strike Command,"
said Col. Heraldo Brual, deputy director of the Strategic Plans,
Programs, Requirements and Analysis Directorate. "It will enable leaders
to naturally operate from our Air Force core values."
The three-day beta course, attended by lieutenants, captains and majors,
is an AFGSC initiative meant to increase leadership education among its
Although leadership is nothing new to the Air Force, the approach of LEC is.
"This course is designed to guide participants into a new way of
observing the world around them," said Lt. Col. Nicholas Pederson, team
chief, LEC. "It's not about what they know. It's about how they see.
This is key to developing oneself as a high-performance leader who can
enact significant change at the individual, team and organizational
Traditionally, leadership courses teach formulaic methods and the
imitation of great leaders--a trend LEC hopes to break. Rooted in
intuition and self-reflection, the course seeks to challenge the
Airmen's understanding of the world around them.
"The course stresses an understanding of multiple world views," said 1st
Lt. Chase Abrams, flight commander from Whiteman AFB, Missouri.
"Learning how others see the world is important if a leader wishes to
influence change. We'll take what we learn here and distribute it among
our circles back at our home commands."
During the course, instructors exposed students to the Myers-Briggs Type
Indicator, which is an assessment of leadership style and personality.
Instructors also taught the use of the Multi-Source Assessment and
Feedback tool, or MSAF 360, as a means of developing leadership style.
The course also provided an opportunity for students to learn directly
from AFGSC and subordinate command leadership through a question and
Although this first iteration served as a test for future courses, several students found the material useful and insightful.
"The fundamentals of the course are solid," said Maj. Joe Mannino,
deputy chief of operations, Plans Branch. "There may be some tweaks to
the curriculum based on feedback, but overall, this course is a great
opportunity to develop and mature young officers into the desired future
of the command."
LEC is a product of the Force Improvement Program, an aggressive
grass-roots problem-solution philosophy designed to provide senior Air
Force leaders with actionable items to improve mission effectiveness.
The command will host the course monthly and plans to adjust the
curriculum based on student feedback.
"Equipped with the tools we'll give them, students will find themselves
exercising leadership as a natural expression, an endeavor that will
lead to high performance outcomes in almost every arena," Brual said.