- Title: Leadership: A View from the Middle: Lessons from an Aircraft Maintainer
- Author: Mitchell Boling
- Genre: Biographies, Memoirs, Military, Air Force
- Length: 300 pages
- Publisher: Hellgate Press
- Publication Date: April 9, 2019
Leadership: A View from the Middle – Synopsis
LEADERSHIP: A VIEW FROM THE MIDDLE offers a refreshing perspective from a leader in “the middle” of the workforce, down in the weeds with millions of other like-minded people. Part leadership lesson and part memoir, it presents true stories of the author’s leadership experiences over two lengthy careers in the U.S. Air Force and afterward. A career aircraft maintainer, Mitch Boling spent twenty-five years working on and sometimes flying in the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He uses these experiences to deliver leadership lessons that would be helpful to anyone seeking to navigate their way out of the middle and onto upper management and leadership positions.
About the Author
Mitchell Boling is a Senior Field Engineer. In this role, he has been responsible for leading teams in the performance of operations and maintenance on F-16 and F-35 aircraft flight simulation training devices. During this time period, he also went back to school and earned an MBA. He has been in this role since June 2008, after retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant.
Mitch joined the Air Force in July 1983, and began training as an aircraft maintainer, specifically learning the avionics systems on the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He worked in this same career field for the next twenty-five years, and held numerous positions of greater responsibility and authority in the aircraft maintenance arena. He also traveled the world in the performance of his work, with numerous permanent and temporary duty assignments in various locations around the globe.
An Air Force “Brat,” Mitch was born in Berlin, Germany. Growing up, he moved around quite often with his family, eventually settling in Spokane, Washington. After joining the Air Force, he married his life-long love, the former Jodi Chamberlain of Hemet, California. Having known each other since the age of seven and now happily married for over thirty-two years, they are blessed with two grown children and one grandson. Mitch and Jodi reside in Waddell, Arizona.