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News | March 30, 2022

DLA Aviation January Leadership Award recipients invest in employee growth

By Natalie Skelton, DLA Aviation Public Affairs

Good leaders recognize potential in their employees, and great leaders find ways to help employees fulfill that potential. Robert “Bob” Kish, supervisor of the Marine Corps Customer Facing Division’s Aviation Customer Relationship Management Cell and Sarah Wright, chief of Strategic Contracts within the Program Management Division, Strategic Acquisition and Programs Directorate, are the January Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Leadership Award recipients and honored for their dedication to helping employees reach their professional potential.

The award recognizes DLA Aviation leaders who exemplify the four leadership traits deemed by the agency as the characteristics needed to be a good leader. These traits are referred to as the four dimensions of transformative leadership: idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation and individualized consideration.

Kish’s nominator, Roy Drake, deputy chief, Marine Corps Customer Facing Division, said Kish has built confidence and trust between leaders and employees by facilitating training and collaboration with DLA Headquarters, major subordinate commands and military services.

“Bob recently facilitated logistics reassignment training requested by consumers from all services and DLA enterprises, and his influence has led to over 100 employees receiving training and becoming eligible for continuous learning points,” Drake said.

Per DoD Instruction 5000.66, Defense Acquisition workforce members must acquire 80 CLPs every two years from the date of entry into the acquisition workforce. Members are encouraged to set a goal of achieving 40 CLPs every 12-months. 

Kish said he works to make sure every team member understands their collective roles and related roles that impact the group's support to the Marines. 

“I look for each member to represent DLA professionally and take ownership and pride in supporting the units they are assigned to,” he said.

Wright’s nominator, Christopher Davis, director of Strategic Acquisition Programs said her trust in employees allows all of them to feel empowered in their jobs and gives them a sense of ownership.”

Wright utilizes multiple training methods to share knowledge within her team as well as share knowledge with other DLA Aviation divisions, Davis said.

Wright said she relies on many members of her team by leveraging their strengths, experience and knowledge.

“I’m fortunate to have a team with diverse skill sets. This diversity manifests itself with different valuable perspectives being shared among the division. As the new members of my team continue to grow and develop, I’m able to rely more and more on everyone on the team,” Wright said.