Lieutenant Colonel Blom believes that aspiring leaders should place less emphasis on trendy leadership books and more emphasis on achieving personal and organizational clarity.
Personal clarity begins with rigorous self-reflection: before you can lead others, you must first be demonstrate the ability to lead yourself. Aspiring leaders should ask themselves “Would you follow you?” They must identify their personal development goals, areas for growth, and blind spots. Once they have achieved this personal clarity, they must then create a personal-development plan to become the leader they envision!
Second, the aspiring leader must achieve organizational clarity. They need to ask themselves, “What makes my organization unique?” Once they have identified the needs, strengths and weaknesses, and culture of their organization, they must develop a priority-based plan to achieve the organization’s mission!
Lieutenant Colonel Blom is currently the commander of the 5th Expeditionary Airborne Command and Control Squadron, in Kadena, Japan. He is a graduate of the US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS), US Air Force Weapons School, US Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), and Squadron Officer School (SOS). He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, a Master’s of Philosophy in Military Strategy from Air University, and a Master’s of Science in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Additionally, he has served in the Strategic Plans, Programs, and Requirements Directorate (A-5/8) at Headquarters US Air Force, Washington, DC, and has authored numerous articles on military operations, leadership, and personnel issues.