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Leading airmen: a systems approach to squadron leadership

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Authors
Sanchez, Orlando
Subjects
Air Force
Leadership
Squadron Command
Systems Theory
Financial Leadership
Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century
AFSO 21
process improvement
Advisors
Simon, Cary
Crawford, Alice
Date of Issue
2007-09
Date
September 2007
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
The purpose of this MBA Project was to investigate systems thinking and apply these principles to Air Force leadership. The paper offers squadron commanders, in particular, a primer in systems thinking that will enable them to approach unit leadership challenges from a systems perspective. The first two chapters examine the origins of systems thinking and present a holistic organizational model as the basis for problem analysis. Chapter II illustrates the importance of correctly interpreting the external environment and dealing with external influencers. Chapter III applies these concepts and introduces a systems approach to financial leadership. Finally, Chapter IV examines the roots of continuous process improvement and offers suggestions for commander implementation of Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st century. This project is written directly to Air Force squadron commanders. It is the author's hope these topics will help spur commanders around the Air Force to challenge their mental frameworks towards developing and better enabling Airmen leadership to face the challenges of the twenty first century.
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MBA Professional Report
Department
Graduate School of Business & Public Policy (GSBPP)
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Format
xiv, 67 p. : ill. (some col.)
28 cm.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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