The more I learn about Alaska Airlines, the more I learn about leadership .
During my time flying F-16s with the US military’s inter-service exchange program, I met several reserve officers who flew for major airlines.
I asked several of them who they flew with, and they all told me about their experiences flying big-wing jets for their respective companies.
I asked each of them,
[bluebox]”What do you like most about your airline?”[/bluebox]
Each pilot could choose several ways to answer my question:
- They could mention the pay and benefits.
- They could mention the schedule.
- They could mention the facilities, or the aircraft, or the routes.
But one pilot took a different route.
“What do I like most about my company?” he responded. “That’s easy,” he said, [callout]”their commitment to integrity.”[/callout] While I was surprised at his answer, I shouldn’t have been. This officer was a superb F-16 Instructor Pilot and known for being a man of high principle and character. [bluebox]He flew for Alaska Airlines.[/bluebox] Since then, I have learned more about Alaska Airlines’ commitment to excellence and exemplary reputation. The more I learned about the Alaska Airlines core values, the more resemblance I found with the Marine Corps Values I learned during basic training.
“Alaska Airlines has five core Values…: Alaska Spirit, Professionalism, Integrity, Caring, and Resourcefulness.”1
I, like so many others, am looking for men and women of character. Men and women of conviction. [bluebox]Men and women with honor, courage, and commitment.[/bluebox] In the Corps, I found more than a few. Alaska Airlines, it seems, has more than a few more.
But Alaska Airlines is made up of more than the Alaska body; within it dwells the Alaska Spirit. I’m sure what makes Alaska Airlines great is the very thing mentioned in their recent post, “5 Reasons You Should Work for Alaska Airlines” [bluebox]the people.[/bluebox]
Thanks @dangerusswilson. It’s a team effort! ???? from @dangerusswilson: “Thanks @alaskaair for providing a Boeing charter for my teammates and I to go on our annual training trip! #HawksFlyAlaska” A photo posted by Alaska Airlines (@alaskaair) on
[callout]with the indwelling of the Alaska Spirit.[/callout]
What other companies do you know that are known for their character?
1 John Kelly and Bill Ayer, “Alaska Airlines Safety Policy,” The Safe Approach, Volume 1, Issue 1, Spring, 2001, accessed July 28, 2015. http://splash.alaskasworld.com/safety/images/Spring2001_SA.pdf