NPLI Partners with a Life-Long Student of Leadership at the U.S. Air Force

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Chief Master Sergeant of the U.S. Air Force Kaleth O. Wright. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Air Force

In the U.S. Air Force, the evolving reality of today’s world stage demands forward-thinking and innovative leaders that continue to evolve with the pressures of their environments.

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright and the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative recently had a thought-provoking meeting at their offices in Harvard Square where they discussed Chief Wright’s passionate pursuit of leadership development and how the principles of meta-leadership apply to his career.

The group also explored NPLI’s recent research on Swarm Intelligence in crisis leadership scenarios and how meta-leadership has helped members of the Air Force in the past.

“The Air Force will always value subject matter experts, but now the emphasis is on subject matter experts who are comfortable in multiple areas who can be interoperable across multi-domains, domains which are critical to the emerging threats outlined in the National Security and Military Strategies.

This new imperative on adaption, agility and new ways of thinking are critical to success in great power competition as revisionist powers attempt to enact a new global security narrative.

Chief Wright self identifies as being an ardent student of leadership. He appreciates that he, too, despite his stature and influence, can benefit from studying the hard-earned lessons of others. In particular, the men and women of the first responder community, a community that includes fire, police, emergency medicine, FBI, etc., have embraced meta-leadership.

Meta-leadership is the guiding framework for many federal agencies involved with national preparedness and response as a way to be effective in multi-domain environments and this is a deadly serious group who have seen America through some of its lethal days. Our conversation with Chief Wright ended with him finding himself in the meta-leader mentality; a mental model requiring a big picture focus, small ego and high self-awareness to be trustworthy, adaptable, credible and relevant in complex and ambiguous situations.”

Chief Wright is dedicated to helping others in the Air Force discover their own leadership potential and apply the meta-leadership model to their strategic thinking.

Read more about Chief Wright’s leadership philosophy and meeting with the NPLI faculty at the U.S. Air Force’s Profession of Arms Center of Excellence.