JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Virginia Air National Guard full-time supervisors from the 192nd Fighter Wing participated in a leadership workshop facilitated by the wing human resource advisor Feb. 24, 2017, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
192nd Fighter Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Michael J. Bouley and Senior Master Sgt. Samantha L. Mitchell, human resource advisor, developed the training after Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute Organizational Climate Survey results revealed members wanted additional mentoring opportunities.
“We realized the need to develop all of our Airmen so we can build a bench of good supervisors and foster team building,” said Mitchell.
Mentoring of all Airmen is directly aligned with the priorities of Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, Director, Air National Guard.
“This training serves as deliberate development of our Airmen,” said Mitchell.
The workshop kicked off with a temperament assessment to identify each supervisor’s preferred method of communication, followed by a diversity and inclusion conversation. Team building exercises were included as a way for participants to apply what they learned.
“It is important for supervisors to understand their Airmen and ensure everyone is included,” said Mitchell. “I talk about unconscious biases and how everyone has them, which can influence decisions we make on important matters.” During the training, supervisors participated in activities that showcased their diversity of experiences.
“If we want our leaders to be great leaders, we owe them the proper training to help them improve,” said Bouley. “These deliberate development opportunities for our NCO’s have been time well invested and very successful. We expect our leaders to be effective and efficient.”
The leadership development training was the third installment of the workshops. The next phase of the training will be given to traditional guardsman and eventually be offered to all Airmen in the wing.
Story by Senior Airman Kerry Reynolds, 192nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs