Capt Dee “SpeeDee” Randolph
SOS 2010G C-35
27 Sep 2010
Safety First is a phrase most have heard throughout their career, but what impact does that have when there is an increase of safety incidents on base? Newly appointed safety officers inherit any outstanding safety challenges as well as any benchmark programs that brings safety to light. However, if the program is broken the safety officer must utilize the skills harbored within assigned personnel to make a difference for the betterment of the wing. As the new wing safety officer, I have been tasked to eradicate the trends in safety mishaps and make sure there is a process in place to prevent future occurrences. This paper will outline an analysis of the current leadership, the application of the Full-Range Leadership Model (FRLM) concepts in my solution, a plan of action, and set goals to track progress. The Analysis
Based on the interviews conducted with the previous safety officer and the team members, I noticed that each member has various strengths that can be utilized in a new campaign to combat the safety issues. Understanding these strengths has helped me to identify their leadership styles under my predecessor’s reign. Col Parker exhibited a passive management by exception approach with my predecessor, Capt Matthews. As a transactional leader, Col Parker assigned the task to Capt Matthews, monitored his performance, and then stepped in when things were going awry. Capt Matthews failed to make an impact on reversing the safety mishaps trend. This was primarily due to him exhibiting a laissez-faire approach when it came to exploiting the talents of his team to accomplish the mission. His past experiences gave him the tools to ascertain success, but not developing SSgt Williamson’s willingness to engage others, and her proactive community involvement or capitalizing on MSgt Jones and Mr. DeBurgh’s seasoned experience and wealth of knowledge specific to the...