Guest Blog: Want to Hire an Aircraft Carrier Driver?
"The military gives you the opportunity and almost as importantly, the latitude to become a leader, and to make mistakes." "
As a person rises in the ranks, the responsibility becomes larger and you find yourself in the position to delegate responsibility. This is an area where true leadership is formed. Can one lead, but also stay out of the way when you delegate? Can one “take their hands off the wheel” and let their people take some control? In many respects, the military is so structured it allows almost a leadership lab type environment.
It is these types of experiences that I fall back on when crafting my management style. As important as it is leading a company that you control, it’s a different type of leadership when one is leading a group of industry experts. That is where I currently find myself now, as Chairman of the Rockford (Illinois) Area Aerospace Network or RAAN. This is a group of companies, formed under the umbrella of the Rockford Area Economic and Development Council. Our goal in RAAN is to increase the business opportunities for our members and to bring economic prosperity to our community.
What is unique in leading this organization is that it encompasses companies that range from 10 employees to four Fortune 100 companies. A whole different skill set is required. One thing that both the military and YPO stress is lifelong learning. Never is that more evident than running dissimilar operations; kind of like commanding an aircraft in the air, and the crew on the ground.
CNBC and YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) have formed an exclusive editorial partnership, consisting of regional “Chief Executive Networks” in the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. These “Chief Executives Networks” are made up of a sample of YPO’s unrivaled global network of 19,000 top executives from 110 countries who are on the frontlines of the economy. The opinions of “Chief Executive Network” members are solely their own and do not reflect the opinions of YPO as a whole or CNBC.
Jeff Kaney, CEO of the Kaney Group, and member of the CNBC-Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Chief Executive Network.