Scott “Soup” Campbell is a national hero! He is a retired Air Force fighter pilot with 25 years of Air Force. He led at all levels up to and including Wing Command and served as an instructor at the prestigious U.S. Air Force Weapons School. My friendship with Soup started in 1991 at the USAF Academy. He was ALWAYS the one who excelled and stood out among our peers.
I had a blast sharing leadership thoughts with Soup, and I know you will get a lot of this leader. I especially enjoyed his critical thoughts on the difference in asking for feedback and seeking feedback. We also deep dive into how to accept, quantify, and take risk. Soup explains why “soft skills, being who you are and not who your team thinks you should be, why follow through are keys to developing trust with your teams.
Soup retired from the Air Force but continues to share lessons and influence leaders and leadership at the USAF Academy and his new professional home at Victory Strategies. At Victory Strategies, he is part of a leadership assessment and development company comprised of elite practitioners. He and his team improve organizational culture, alignment, and efficiency through leadership development training and team engagement.
I included links to Victory Strategies as well as some of Soup’s writings on thriving through bad leadership and being a B.A.D. leader!
Brigadier General Choquette, Director of Operations at 12th Air Force, responsible for conducting security cooperation operations throughout South America. The general is a graduate of the USAF Academy, was commissioned (and flew helicopters) in the US Army before he found his way back to the USAF. The General shares some of the tools he collected in his leadership tool kit, his mistakes, and his lessons. He emphasizes why it is important for leaders, and leaders in training, to get out ahead of your skis periodically. He shares ideas on how to overcome trust hurdles, empowering and supporting subordinate leaders, and flat out working hard. We also discuss the importance of taking and accepting risks as part of a leaders responsibility. Lastly, we discuss how important disruption is to building safe and trusting leader and leadership development environments, especially when we want teams to innovate. THIS leader is one of the best commanders I had the privilege to serve; he gets it...that leadership is a relationship business. I am glad I was able to spend some time with him.