Chief Air Task Officers on Leadership Skills, Performance
Air Chief of Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, emphasized the need for military officers to develop the leadership skills necessary to enable them to act both operationally and strategy to ensure the integrity of the airspace.
Amao said this in a lecture titled; ‘Strategic Leadership in a Complex Security Environment: My Perspective’, to participants of Course 8 at the Air Force War College, Benue State Capital, Makurdi.
He argued that strategic leadership would require commanders to provide political leaders with balanced military options to help them make informed decisions.
While identifying lack of focus on the big picture, pressure to meet short-term demands, success syndrome and toxic leadership as reasons why most strategic leaders fail, the Chief of Staff urged the participants to make maximum use of the opportunity of the training to improve their performance. .
According to him, the lack of a well-articulated or misunderstood mission leads to decisions at lower levels that may not support the big picture, with followers feeling too pressed for time and too committed to resources.
The Chief of Staff added that this sometimes causes operational leaders to make decisions that are at odds with the leader’s strategy or vision.
He therefore urged participants to focus on the big picture by understanding that the dynamics of the national security environment are essential to achieving strategic leadership.
In response, the Commandant of the Nigerian Air Force Warfare College, AVM Sayo Olatunde, called the lecture an era and commended the Chief of Air Staff for finding time in his busy schedule to give the talk personally.
He urged participants to always provide out-of-the-box solutions to security challenges, come up with pragmatic and workable policies to advance the service mission, adding that strategic leadership requires commanders to provide political leaders with options balanced military to help make informed decisions.