Leaders Lead

April 30, 2014
Seriously, aviation!

I have had an opportunity to work in some pretty cool industries over the span of a 25-year magazine/media career. I rode the rails in the railroad/intermodal industry then hit the water while working on boating magazines in the ’80s and ’90s. In the 1990s, I launched my own publishing business in Southern California before moving to the coatings industry. I was then approached by an association to build a new magazine and in this role I created and ran a magazine, handled trade show sales, and operated a live summit event. After this incredible ride, I now get to take to the skies and run the Aviation Group at Cygnus Business Media!

Leadership is the one commonality I’ve found within all the industries I have been a part of. At the core of every successful organization  be it a publishing company, a railroad, a boating manufacturer, an airport or an aviation MRO -- is strong leadership that propels the operation toward a common goal.

The phrase “leaders lead” knows no boundaries. But while it’s true that good leaders step up and take charge, great leaders look closely at their teams and rely on each and every member for their organizations’ success. What I found refreshing at my first aviation event, the Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium put on by Airport Consultants Council (ACC) and American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) in Denver, is while airport leaders were the ones in attendance describing their airport projects, these leaders used words like teamwork and collaborative effort in their presentations. Time after time, we heard they couldn’t have done these projects without their teams.

Over my career, I have learned that the most successful leaders in any industry typically have a strong support structure in place and utilize every member of their teams to their fullest potential. How do you do this?

  • Serve as an inspiration. Paint a vision for the future that others want to be a part of.
  • Support your team. Promote a safe environment for them to speak up, take risks, and make decisions.
  • Engage team members in all that you do. Offer challenges and seek out their ideas and contributions.
  • Recognize team members for a job well done. Don’t keep the accolades to yourself. Praise your team and give them recognition for the work that they do.

The Cygnus Aviation Group has at its core an incredible team; a team ready to help you lead your teams to an incredible future. Aircraft Maintenance Technology is part of this group and we plan to use the benefits of our incredible multimedia capabilities to help you lead your teams to successful outcomes. Our staple of aviation magazines, which also includes Ground Support Worldwide and Airport Business, offer in-depth insight into the aviation market while our website, www.AviationPros.com, is accessed by more than 200,000 visitors a month! If you are one of the few not using this incredible resource, visit www.AviationPros.com today and see what you are missing (make sure to sign up for the daily eNewsletters). Our industry-leading magazine and digital properties can help you lead your team. 

Let’s work together to drive innovation and success in a cooperative environment.   

I welcome your feedback on what you would like to see within the pages of Aircraft Maintenance Technology or any of the Cygnus Aviation properties listed at the bottom of this page. Let us help you lead your team to success!

Com’ on Aboard!

Brett Ryden

[email protected]

Publisher, AviationPros Group

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