Followership/Leadership EPR Bullets


- Bridged staff shortages; augmented lab/immunizations/performed 14 blood draws f/4 hrs--prevented break in svc/care

- Set the standard for mil education; completed ALS/7LVL UGT; leading junior airmen down same path of success

- Led 50 amn tech school green rope; enforced standards/mentored/motivated/guided peers...laud'd by 338 TRS leaders


- Primary trnr f/JISCC team; creat d trng milestones/sign d 40 mbr tasks--increas d/enhanc d state DOMOPS readiness

- CPR program instructor; taught 3 course's/provid d life saving skill set/qualified 12 mbrs--annl trng/100% msn ready

- Flawless uniform & appearance; personified AFI 36-2903--shining example of professionalism for peers/subordinates

- Taught Green Dot for 500+ personnel; front-runner for respectful, diverse, healthy & professional work relationships

- Excellent communication skills; facilitated live missions and training scenarios--gen'd success, improved efficiency

- Made effective use of humor in tense situations--decreased anxiety & stress, improved learning and productivity


- Provided med skill training for pre-med students; demonstrated IV technique, increased clinical skill of 40+ students

- Enlisted advisor during 12-mo 1st Sgt void; coord 40-hr symposium/four NCOs--cont'd morale/welfare spt f/120 Amn

- Filled NCO position; trained six Amn/192 core tasks/reduced OJT time 25%--increased 2R1 proficiency 66%

- Exemplified Dress and Appearance per AFI 36-2903/uniform standards; maintains high standard & example for Amn

- Suppt'd 250+ combat sorties/14K acft controlled by AWACS GEP maint; ensured daily ops/22 network encrypt devices


- QB'd Alaskan Shelter system crs; est'd 14 tent bed down/cert 77 core task rqmts--enabled deployment cap f/240 Amn
- SABC program instructor; taught 5 crse's/provided life saving skill set--qualified 95 psnls annl trng/100% msn ready


- Engaged and assertive wingman; does not hesitate to assist on mission tasks--provides cohesive work environment

- Consummate professional; sets & attains high standards-- develops sense of purpose & responsibility in all Airman


- Recruited 2 volunteers; closed unit/family communications gap--improved comm between unit, deployers, families
- Participated in state joint leadership meetings; made in-roads w/ air, army leaders--enlarged role w/ nat'l guard
- Managed unit FCP with gusto! Improved status of unit family care plans--increased overall unit and family readiness
- Started Unit Friends/Family Facebook site; leveraged social media tech--increased morale of deployers and families
- Vol'd as trained SAPR instructor; demonstrated buy-in from leadership--trained >100 members ahead of schedule
- Joined Wing Mental Readiness Council; learned coping strategies--improved mental health counseling ability
- Attended Leadership Challenge Pgm & Joint Female Leadership Symp; honed leader skills--improved unit climate
- Raised hand for Wing Mentorship program; trained in mentorship techniques--actively mentoring wing airmen

- A proactive MSgt with a can-do attitude; always promotes a constructive team environment--ready for the next level

- Excellent leader; designated shop floor lead 3 months after tech school--motivated personnel/enhanced camaraderie

- Selected above peers to proffer Sq/CC call; honored 23 mbrs achievements/dignified event--lauded by Sq/CC

- Volunteered for after-hrs school/sports physicals; facilitated screening/care for 178 pts--saved patrons $13.4K

- Organized/participated in 911 ceremony; exemplified military values--guaranteed success of honored tradition

- Demonstrates 100% loyalty and support to chain of command; example contributes to increased shop morale

- Amn Professional Enhancement Seminar Chiefs Panel facilitator; 40 Amn mentored...developed future AF ldrs

- Managed Det security program; employed fail-safe security procedures--$4M operations facility safeguarded

- 5/6 club leader; coordinated security for boxing matches--improved morale of Army and Air Force members

- Dedicated; flawlessly handled 45,552 stons on 4,207 msns w/o incident--vital spt to ___________

- Volunteered for ABE uniform fit test; efforts directly affected future design of the AF War Fighters uniform

- Meticulous flt safety rep; sect IAW AFOSH stds/zero DSVs in HQ AMC LSAV--vehicle accidents down 66%

- Warrior scholar; completed two CLEP tests while deployed--earned 6 credit hours for CCAF degree in avionics

- Judged ROTC drill competition; reviewed/ranked 11 schools; exemplified AF standards for America's next gen

- Ensured the security/processing of XXX at XXX (LOCATION) providing service to XXX personnel

- Outstanding achiever! Awarded AMN/QTR--always professional/positive attitude; true pillar of AF standards

- Exhibited remarkable military bearing/leadership; Directed airmen/Oversaw FP Control Center operations

- Aided Dept of Justice diverted a/c--led security team overwatching 114 prisoners, 80 max security--no escapes

- Standards and professional competence generated immediate confidence/improved subordinate morale

- Peerless uniform and appearance; adheres to AFI--sets example for peers and subordinates

- Takes exceptional pride in image; meticulous appearance, immaculate inspection-ready uniform on daily basis

- Devoted 40 hours off-duty time, ensured unit's tng req'ts met; all amn qual min time, sig improved sec effectiveness

- Exemplary management skill and organizational foresight, personified allegiance, mil bearing, uncompromising ethics

- Registered over 40 military and family members to vote; timely actions ensured voter eligibility

- Mature leader; won't compromise standards, enforced highest AETC standards of conduct

- Reviews regulations constantly; sharpens knowledge while providing an honest service to all AMC travelers

- Utilized process improvement techniques; reduced military performance reporting delays by 75%

- Standards and professional competence generated immediate confidence/improved subordinate morale

- Managed 20 personnel workcenter in direct support of U.S. Space Command--exceeded all assigned goals!

- Oversaw On-the-job training program resulting in 6 airmen receiving their upgraded status ahead of schedule

- Instituted new quality control inspection procedures raising customer satisfaction 25%

- Absolutely superb leader! Commander selected to participate in $450K Charleston AFB core upgrade

- Briefed junior airmen at Airmen Leadership School on Air Force Evaluation System--improved understanding

- Top Airman! Selected as the 848th Missile Group Airman of the Quarter for the second quarter 2015

- Provided setup/security for annual Frostbite Run event--contributions earned $15K for unit's morale activities

- Selected for advancement to E-6 under the Stripes for Exceptional Perormance program

- Organized Dining-in, hallmark event for 1,000+ Amn; reinforced pride in svc/committment to Air Force way of life

- Selected to act as AAWC for crit jt ex; streamlined comm w/deployed mbrs; 100% ID of/immed response to threat

- Superior military image led to selection as the AF representative during the AMC tree lighting ceremony

- Top Airman! Selected as 1922nd CS Airman of the Quarter for the second quarter 2014

- Led by example, conducted bi-weekly PT sessions for 5 flights; increased sq fitness scores

- A dynamic Senior NCO, increased communication between the ranks, increased overall satisfaction at work

- Coordinated, participated in traditional CoC ceremony; demonstrated concern for Amn, preserved traditions and pride

- Managed SABC prgm; oversaw trng rqmt's for 12 pers--guaranteed sq mbr's ready for emergency/wartime ops


Followership is defined as the willingness to cooperate in working toward the accomplishment of defined goals while demonstrating a high degree of interactive teamwork. Effective followers are active participants (partners) in creating the leadership process. Followers permit leaders to establish and keep themselves in control of a situation that is productive, efficient, and people-oriented.

The role of followers is not to be mindlessly implementing the ideas of leaders. Their role is to help the leaders become effective while remaining true to their own values and essential needs, demonstrating self-management skills, and being effective individual contributors, even in the absence of leadership. This is why "followership" is as important as leadership.

In conclusion, the concept of followership is based on a confusion of leadership and management. We need to get rid of followership to better engage employees, to show them more respect by conveying the impression that they are partners, not "followers" - a concept which suggests subservience, hence the need to invent an equally odd expression: the "courageous" follower. So what? This debate is important because we need employees to be better engaged. We can applaud the efforts of the followership camp to highlight the importance of employees with regard to organizational prosperity but we need to see their use of the term "follower" as self-defeating because it demeans what we are trying to empower. We need to see how employees can be leaders, not just followers. They can lead, not just their own teams, but anyone in the organization, up and sideways who they can influence to think or act differently. Isn't this much more empowering than calling employees "followers"?



Cough up some EPR bullets, you slackers!


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