On Resilience with an Air Force Leader, Ericka KellyMay 25, 2022
This interview with Ericka Kelly, MBA, PMC, has deeply touched me.
Ericka, in my eyes, embodies a powerful leader.
Under her role as a Command Chief, E. Kelly represented the highest enlisted executive level of leadership in the military. She advised the Commander on all issues regarding the readiness, training, welfare, morale, and proper utilization and progress of more than 74,000 civilians/enlisted/officers, active duty, and Reserve Citizen Airmen serving at more than 60 military bases worldwide.
That’s one level of Ericka’s powerful leadership.
I also see another level of leadership that truly inspires me and touches me and one that all of us can strive for, regardless of what kind of role or career we hold.
It’s a powerful leadership that starts with self-leadership and the ability, practice, and skill to deal with what life throws at us and still emerge with hope, kindness, and wisdom at the other side. #resilience
The pain, suffering, and discrimination that Ericka has experienced in her life haven’t made her a bitter, resentful or hateful person. The opposite. She persisted and found out through the pain who she was, and learned to trust in herself, have hope, dream, and achieve those dreams. And now is supporting others in the same process with kindness, care, strength, and deep wisdom as an executive and leadership coach, trainer, speaker, and author.
Please help me share Ericka’s story of hope, powerful self-leadership, and resilience.
A story that your current suffering & difficult condition doesn’t dictate your future.
A lesson, that people are not enemies, but the labels, the limiting beliefs, the conditioning are the true enemies that we need to fight.
A story about the art of seeing the human underneath the labels and connecting with each other on that deeper level – instead of looking at each other through the lenses of different labels, titles, social status, race, nationality, sex, etc.
May Ericka and her story bring many sparks of hope to all those who are suffering now. A hope that things CAN be better again. A hope that change IS possible. A hope and belief that YOU deserve to feel good, healthy, vibrant, happy, safe, and successful.
[3:10] What is resilience to Ericka
[7:10] How persistence can be a part of resilience even in the face of rejection and being judged
[13:39] Sometimes we need to get out of our own way and connect to your Strong inner Self
[15:25] Who are the true enemies and Ericka’s journey to discovering who she really was
[23:40] Don’t let go of your dreams and goal
[25:59] On the power of owning and sharing your story with others
[31:11] We are experts at sabotaging our dreams
[35:10] What supported Ericka to discover what was her dream
[37:39] Persistence, passion and Ericka’s book
[45:30] Your present condition doesn’t dictate your future
[50:57] How do you know whom to trust & the power of human connection
About Ericka E. Kelly
Ericka Kelly is a professional speaker, executive coach, and trainer. In this position, she is a global professional where her leadership skills are utilized to add value and to develop companies in their effectiveness and production goals. She helps thousands of leaders to become better communicators and to establish trust and credibility with others. Her coaching skills and mentorship allow individuals to realize their own potential and to achieve greater goals for themselves and the companies/organizations they work for. E. Kelly was also the 17th Command Chief Master Sergeant for the Air Force Reserve Command and the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the Air Force Reserve.
Under her role as a Command Chief, E. Kelly represented the highest enlisted executive level of leadership in the military. She advised the Commander on all issues regarding the readiness, training, welfare, morale, and proper utilization and progress of more than 74,000 civilians/enlisted/officer active duty and Reserve Citizen Airmen serving at more than 60 military bases worldwide. She also provided direction to the Reserve Forces and represented their interests at all levels of government, other military branches, and in joint strategic and operational war-fighting environments.
In addition to her personal business and military service, E. Kelly has more than 27 years of government management and law enforcement experience. She served as a Criminal Investigator for the Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection in the Office of Professional Responsibility. In this position, E. Kelly was responsible for building relationships with local, state, and other federal agencies to manage criminal and administrative investigations.
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