Mitchell Boling

Mitchell Boling is the author of the book, Leadership: A View from the Middle. He is currently a Senior Field Engineer. In this role, he has been responsible for leading teams in the performance of operations and maintenance on F-16 and F-35 aircraft flight simulation training devices. During this time period, he also went back to school and earned an MBA. He has been in this role since June 2008, after retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant. Mitch joined the Air Force in July 1983, and began training as an aircraft maintainer, specifically learning the avionics systems on the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He worked in this same career field for the next twenty-five years, and held numerous positions of greater responsibility and authority in the aircraft maintenance arena. He also traveled the world in the performance of his work, with numerous permanent and temporary duty assignments in various locations around the globe.
"Is there a leader in your group who has the intensity, referent power and legacy leadership that Tom Brady conveys? Is there someone in your organization who you yearn to follow or be like?
"So, it becomes a balance of power. A fine balance between situational leadership and the task at hand, with power being the fulcrum to it all."
"It is very helpful as a follower to know that our leader is there for us; if we need to bring a problem to him, we will know that he will be there to help us."
“Managers are people who do things right and leaders are people who do the right thing.” -Warren Bennis, 1985