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Airmen learn leadership skills through enlisted development

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  • By Airman 1st Class Carissa Morgan
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
In an effort to help mold enlisted Airmen into the leaders they must become, Andersen held its first Enlisted Professional Enhancement Seminar at the First Term Airman Center classroom Tuesday. 

"The topic of leadership is very powerful, much needed and probably the least practiced," said Master Sgt. Donna Barry, the Airman Leadership School flight chief. "We wanted to find a product or curriculum that was applicable at all levels of leadership."
Sergeant Barry kicked off the course with John C. Maxwell's "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership." 

"There are so many different approaches to leadership, that by going through the '21 irrefutable laws' one gets a basic understanding of what leadership really is. Not one law will work for everyone," she said. 

"John C. Maxwell is an expert on leadership, speaking to more than 250,000 people a year on growth, leadership, and personal development," said Sergeant Barry. "He is a well known author, reaching over a million individuals through his many books, seminars, audio and video resources each year," she said. 

The hour-long seminar was open to all enlisted personnel of Andersen regardless of when you enlisted or graduated from professional military education. 

The seminar for the Airman tier focused on leadership. During the course Airmen were treated to a facilitated DVD presentation along with note takers. 

Following the video, Sergeant Barry held open discussion with the airmen about the topics covered was initiated. she said the interaction went well. 

"Now the airmen have the information," she said. "We try to help them relate to it as best we can. We try to make them understand their world of control and the leadership they unknowingly possess. We are trying to help them understand their little bubble of control if you will, not everything outside it. Every airman can show leadership by a positive attitude and hard work." 

"Leadership impacts every person differently," said Sergeant Barry. "Every person takes something different away from classes like this to enhance their own personal leadership." 

"We need leadership. We need the heroes," said Sergeant Barry. "We need them because society is lacking them," she said.

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