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Christian "Boo" Boucousis - Fighter Pilot Leadership Mindset
Episode 13729th April 2024 • Authentic Leadership for Everyday People • Dino Cattaneo / Hoolibean
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Christian "Boo" Boucousis is the CEO of Afterburner and a former fighter pilot for the Royal Australian Air Force. In our discussion he talks about his personal history, the key components of the training fighter pilots go through, and how the leadership traits developed through this training apply in every environment.

What you will hear are not the trite stereotypes about toughness we usually hear when people talk about applying military principles to corporate leadership. You will hear about outcome focused leadership, self-awareness, credibility, trust and approachability. And at the end of the conversation Boo also shared a couple of practices you can start immediately to apply those principles to your own leadership.

Key Moments

[01:10] Episode intro

[02:50] Boo's story

[06:31] Power of fighter pilot training

[11:37] Different leadership dimensions

[21:11] Unexpected aspects of leadership lessons from fighter pilot model

[27:51] Tips to apply fighter pilot leadership model immediately

[39:58] Hobby, business jargon that drives Boo crazy and food for the body/food for the soul

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Christian's Newsletter on LinkedIn - The Debrief

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Twitter: @AfterburnerInc


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