dustry are looking behind to see who is
next in line. Behind every leader, there
are followers waiting to be molded into
a great leader. These people who are following the leaders closely watch their
every move; they are just as much influenced now as when they were children.
Every leader at one time was a follower.
One of the final speakers of the day
was Conrad James. James is a young
leader in the aviation industry who
works in the field representing Voyageur Airways in Africa. He spoke of the
logistical challenges he faces from an
aircraft mechanic point of view. The ev-er-increasing need of aircraft presence
(Fixed wing or Helicopter) in remote areas is growing. We, here in the West, have the knowledge,
and the people to continue this growth. The leaders of today
work collectively with the field teams through various levels
of communication, custom knowledge and data collection.
These mediums are sometimes unreliable due to infrastructure, country customs and poor technology. James encouraged the leaders at the top to listen to the teams, and to work
together to improve the logistics of the materials that are required to keep the aircraft flying in a safe, reliable manner.
The lava lamp, the Forum’s 2012 symbol, was a perfect anal-
ogy of Co-Creating Change within the Aviation Industry. The oil
inside the lamp could represent people
while the water represents the organi-
zations; the more oil added to the water
the more the water flowed around the
oil, coming together always. Thus the
same in aviation; the more people we
add, the more our organization needs to
surround its people in order to grow and
change together. In closing Megan God-
dard (Aviation Leadership Foundation
Director) said “Change is a constant,
leadership must be as well.”
You might be sitting in that chair, lis-
tening and waiting your turn to speak.
“There is a leader in
loudly to us, as we
waited in anticipation
to learn just how that
leader can be heard.
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