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Today’s guest is Col Jassen Bluto, USAF, (Ret.), a 32-year veteran who commanded four squadrons, served in combat in Iraq, and oversaw physical security and anti-terrorism policy and training at Air National Guard headquarters. He also gained extensive leadership experience in academia and then in law enforcement, where he served on three separate police agencies before retiring as a detective from an agency in Los Angeles County.
Pulling from decades of experience in enlisted and commissioned roles, Jassen shares three leadership principles–trust, respect, and caring–principles that inspired his short book titled Three Leadership Principles for the Christian in the Military. While the military certainly provides ample leadership training and experience, Jassen shares about the importance of leading from a Christ-centered life, Bible verses that shape his leadership style, and more.
>Check out these resources mentioned in Jassen’s interview:
>As you listen to this conversation with Jassen, here are a few questions to ponder in your personal time, with a small group, or with a mentor:
- How would you characterize a good leader and a bad leader?
- What effect does right relationship with God have on our relationships with others on earth, especially in leadership contexts?
- What Bible verses come to mind to shape your leadership practices?
- How does humility produce good leadership?
- Why is it important to have deeper relationships with those operating under your leadership?
- Who in your life is providing you with feedback in order to develop your leadership skills?