Aircraft Maintenance Technology

APR-MAY 2018

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EDITOR'S VIEWPOINT By Ron Donner, Editor LEADERSHIP The act of leading a group of people or an organization can be fun, rewarding, and at times very difficult STRIKE UP A DISCUSSION SOMETIME WITH A GROUP OF CO-WORKERS about the characteristics that make a great leader. Or, discuss the leadership style and those at the top of your organization and I'm sure you will be met with a whole lot of differing opinions on the subject. I went to the worldwide web and did a search for leadership and received the expected results; characteristics of a great leader such as honesty and integrity, ability to inspire others, commitment, accountability, and the list goes on. I did find this description which I liked (sorry I can't recall where it came from): Great leaders find the balance between business foresight, performance, and character. They have vision, courage, integrity, humility, and focus along with the ability to plan strategically and catalyze coopera- tion among their team. I then searched specifically for aviation, airline, or aerospace leaders and leadership. The majority of the names that appeared were in the category of aviation heroes and famous pilots, most dating back decades and nothing really that I was looking for like names of aviation or aerospace businesses and individual names. Although a few airline names like Pan Am's Juan Trippe and Southwest Airlines' Herb Kelleher did surface and I'd agree with these. Then there were companies that are considered leaders in the aviation industry, not just a person, but a leading organization. Over the years I've met many executives from a variety of organizations, government, MROs, and aircraft maintenance businesses, and I've gotten to know a few. Some I've watched as the organizations they have led maneuvered through the ups and downs of our cyclic industry. Some of the individuals I've met (and have worked for) I do consider industry leaders, and there are other individuals, organizations, and businesses that all could be considered a leader or providing great leadership in our industry. I consider David Storch to be one of them. I've meet David a few times over the years and gained a respect for his leadership of one of the largest independent aerospace firms in the industry, A AR Corp. David recently announced his retirement as the second only CEO at AAR Corp. I had the pleasure of sitting down and speaking with David for this issue of Aircraft Maintenance Technology. Be sure and read the interview beginning on Page 14 about David's views on the MRO industry, his 39-year AAR career, and a bit about leadership. Ron Published by SouthComm Business Media, LLC. 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