NBAA PDP Course: Principles of Aviation Leadership

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Presented by: Sinclair Community College

Held in conjunction with the 65th NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention.

This course covers the fundamental traits, tools and actions of leaders, offering a solid foundation of "enabling tools," examples and exercises to build basic skills. Areas of special interest to Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs) and students of leadership skills include vision, mission and values statements, strategic planning, team building, and sustained/improved superior performance. The principles of Emotional Intelligence – a key leadership capability – will also be presented.

Whether on the floor of the aircraft hangar, in the air serving dinner and providing cabin safety, or deciding how decisions should be engaged, enabled and executed, the principles taught in this course are relevant and will be personally useful.

This course will be be taught by Phil Roberts, PhD, former NBAA Chairman, a Colonel USAF (Ret), current Chairman of the Board of the National Aviation Hall of Fame and currently adjunct professor for Aviation Leadership at Sinclair College.

This course fulfills NBAA PDP Leadership Objectives 1 and 2.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Introductions, class expectations and agenda for the day
8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
Leadership in context of business aviation (PDP)
9:20 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
What is Leadership? Why have Vision, Mission, and Values? Defined, understood, and practiced with some strategies to write the VMV’s (Class Exercise)
10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Aligning with the company’s goals and strategies in the department’s business plan (Class Exercise)
11:10 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Communicating the VMV, department business plan, and other related items to each constituency – department, company, others. (Class Exercise)
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Writing goals: components, prioritization, what comes first? (Class Exercise)
1:45 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.
Finding and analyzing trends: effects on the goals. (Class Exercise)
2:45 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.
Back to communication: Good leadership traits/practices; emotional intelligence; leadership traits/values.
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Take-homes: What do you do next and your to-do list.

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