Leadership: Flying Off The Handlebar


June 16,2008: Recently, an alarmed U.S. Air Force general spotted a British Royal Air Force pilot, who was serving with an American fighter squadron. This is normal, as each year, hundreds of U.S. and foreign troops serve in each others forces in an exchange program that improves eveyone's understanding of how their allies operate.

The American general went after the British officer for having a "non-regulation" moustache. The Brit was sporting a six inch handlebar, while USAF regulations only allow much more modest upper lip adornment. The British officer stood his ground, pointing out that in such matters, the regulations of the exchange officers country apply, not that of the host nation. After consulting air force lawyers, the American general backed off, and escalation was avoided. Another valuable lesson learned.


Article Archive

Leadership: Current 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close