SQUADRON LEADERSHIP SCHOOL Seminar 2.1 Officership & The Public Trust Introduction “When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property.” - Jefferson Objectives Define the concepts of “accountability,” “public trust,” & “officership.” Explain why public organizations are held to high ethical standards. Describe basic responsibilities of staff officers. Describe moral concepts embedded in each Core Value; apply your understanding to a case study Describe how to develop positive attitudes toward accountability. Key Concepts What do these concepts mean to you? Officership Accountability Public Trust Key Concepts Officership: A blend of leadership, management, and professionalism (Gen. Bennie Davis) Accountability: Everyone is expected to be able to justify their actions Public Trust: The duty to respect the true source of democratic power, the people and the overall community Public organizations Why are public organizations held to high standards of ethics? Public organizations Why are public organizations held to high standards of ethics? Owned by America Taxpayer-funded Humanitarian missions have life and death implications Special trust in working with youth Affiliation with USAF Claim to be benevolent Basic responsibilities of staff officers What are some basic responsibilities all staff officers hold in common? Basic responsibilities of staff officers What are some basic responsibilities all staff officers hold in common? Follow the Core Values Stay safe & promote safety Follow CAP policies in fact and spirit Be a good steward of CAP money and property Model a positive attitude Mentor, coach, & correct new members Core Values Project Premise: Each Core Value is really a form of shorthand for many other values. Tasks: 1. Provide a well-rounded, multifaceted definition for your assigned Core Value by identifying at least 4 moral concepts embedded in the Value. 2. Identify 4 practical ways a squadron staff officer can demonstrate your assigned Core Value. Core Values: Integrity First Honesty: the habit of telling the truth Moral Courage: the willingness to do what is right, even if it’s not easy Responsibility: acknowledge your duty and take responsibility for success or failure Openness: being transparent in your motives and actions Honor: Showing integrity in and out of uniform; integrity is not something that can be turned “on” or “off.” Analysis of the Core Values is based on USAF Doctrine Document 1-1 Core Values: Volunteer Service Altruism: when your actions stem from a desire to help others; the difference between “giving” and “taking” Selflessness: seeing “service” as the act of putting someone else’s needs ahead of your own Good Citizenship: making a contribution to the general welfare of the community Fun: volunteerism takes effort, but it is not supposed to be a dreaded chore Core Values: Excellence in All We Do Professional Development: participating in training programs and learning how to contribute more Teamwork: working together and recognizing that teams accomplish more than individuals Efficiency: recognizing that budgets and equipment are not limitless; making do with what we have Big Picture Vision: knowing how your role affects the team and CAP as a whole; acting in a way that supports the overall mission Core Values: Respect Loyalty: Supporting the leader; not trying to undercut their authority Politeness & Tact: Treating others as you would want to be treated Good Faith: Giving the other person the benefit of the doubt Humility: Recognizing you are human; not boasting about rank or position Tolerance: Recognizing individual rights and differences Case Study How do the Core Values relate to this case? Promoting Accountability How can squadron-level leaders promote accountability among squadron members? Promoting Accountability How can squadron-level leaders promote accountability among squadron members? Lead by example Say thanks Avoid favoritism Integrate the Core Values Promote professional development Show you support your leaders’ efforts Don’t make ours a “one mistake” CAP Correct members’ mistakes Final Thoughts “Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong.” - Jefferson Accountability makes us stronger.