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 Leadership classes offer opportunities for Airmen to grow
 Four Stephen Covey classes are offered
 The leadership library allows Airmen to learn from those who have come before them
 Leadership principles support goal to make the 403rd Wing the "Wing of Choice"
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Staff Sgt. Shanika Frontz, 403rd Wing chaplain assistant, takes advantage of the new leadership library by browsing through a book on leadership.
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Posted 2/13/2011   Updated 2/15/2011 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Yolanda Addison
403rd Wing Public Affairs

2/13/2011 - KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, MISS. -- In 2009, Brig. Gen. James J. Muscatell, the then new wing commander, had a vision that the 403d Wing would become the "wing of choice." To do that, he had to come up with a way to move the wing and its people forward both professionally and personally, all the while supporting that vision.

"The concept was simple," said General Muscatell, "give the Airmen the tools and opportunities that will enable them to grow as members and leaders of this wing and their community." Out of this concept emerged leadership classes based on Stephen Covey leadership methods and Myers-Briggs personality traits.

There are four Stephen Covey classes: Focus, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 4 D's of Discipline and Leadership at the Speed of Trust.

According to Chaplain (Maj.) Ray Thompson, the focus training teaches time management and productivity. In the 7 Habits training, people develop behaviors for a more fulfilling life. The leadership instruction teaches students that increasing trust thereby increases speed and productivity. The 4 D's coaches students on widely important goals, helps them apply processes and shows them how to reach those goals.

Chaplain Thompson also teaches the Myers-Briggs personality-type workshop of self awareness. This course leads to better self management, which in turn helps people work better with others in a more harmonious environment.

Chaplain Thompson said that the feedback he has received from those who took the classes to heart have been changed by them.

"Through the Covey series and Myers-Briggs, our Airmen are taught leadership and communication skill sets which they can take back to and employ within their units," said General Muscatell.

"The wing commander came here knowing that he had great people and wanted to give us the capabilities of achieving greatness." said Master Sgt. Serena Birch, a wing facilitator for some of the courses.  "By bringing the 7 Habits for Highly Effective People, we were taught about creating goals and aligning them personally and professionally."

With the new leadership classes, came another need: a place Airmen could go to explore more resources, either those taught in the leadership classes or materials that complemented the training. So with that in mind, the Leadership Library came into existence.

"The Leadership Library is a place for Airmen to go and learn from those who have come before them," said General Muscatell.  "We have many great military titles to include several years' worth of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force's Reading List. These books provide valuable insight into how to develop as professionals and leaders within the wing and community."

Located on the second floor of the wing headquarters building in room 214, the library is a comfortable location to study for those seeking to improve their skills. It is open during normal duty hours during the week and on Unit Training Assembly weekends.

Books are available for sign out on an integrity basis. There is a sign out log and a return box. Anyone who wishes to donate books to the library may drop them off in the command section. Any donations should pertain to leadership or military studies.

"The individuals involved in organizing and running the programs have done an awesome job taking my vision and implementing it throughout the wing," said General Muscatell.  "I went to them when I arrived in 2009 with the concept of creating an atmosphere to develop our Airmen and provide them with the leadership skills that would enable us to work as one cohesive wing. The fact that our Airmen were receptive to the classes and have taken what they have learned into their shops truly shows that we are in fact the wing of choice." 

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