Leadership of Fear

Air Force Col.

From:  https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2018/10/05/leadership-of-fear-fired-wing-commander-berated-ridiculed-terrified-staff-investigation-finds/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ebb%2005.10.18&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

The toxic leadership of this colonel has happened before and unfortunately will happen again. The fundamental question is why was this person given a wing command.

I would suspect that being an Air Force Academy graduate and 4000 flight hours are a factor. However the real measure is past performance. Has this type of leadership happened before and was dismissed?

There has to be somewhere along the way that a superior officer was made aware of these toxic characteristics and may have overlooked them as being overly ambitious.

18th Air Force leadership made the right decision: “The investigation also found he had “failed to establish and maintain a healthy command climate,” and 18th Air Force commander Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck removed him after losing trust and confidence in his ability to command.”

However, they also have to ask themselves why was this colonel promoted to this position in the first place.


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