05 Apr Greg “Boss” Wooldridge
Greg “Boss” Wooldridge is the only commanding officer to lead The Blue Angels for three separate tours. He was first selected because of his demonstrated ability to build teams where communication, trust and teamwork took precedence over rank and status. His heart-driven approach proved a perfect match for the Blue Angel’s culture of excellence, and he was called back to lead 2 more teams through times of difficult transition. Since his success with the Blues, Greg has been inspired to share his methods in order to empower individuals and teams on their journey toward High Performance.
From the very start of his career in the Navy, Greg was immersed in the building of great teams. In flight candidate school he learned from the camaraderie of his class, an emotion that elevated individuals by first elevating the performance of the team. Later, acting as a commander of a carrier squadron, Greg discovered that teams which drive toward something greater than themselves unlock an ability to perform at extreme levels.
And finally, when he was selected as the commanding officer of the Blue Angels, The Navy’s—and the world’s—premiere flight demonstration squadron, Greg Wooldridge experienced what it was like to take one’s dreams and beliefs on an upward spiral, into the beyond.
Leading the .01%
Blue Angels pilots are the best of the best, and channelling that kind of talent takes special care. Greg’s success leading the Blues provides a powerful model for any team or organization looking to re-define High Performance.
Being The “Tip of the Spear”
Effective leadership requires a mindset that inspires trust through confidence, but which remains open to communication and critique. Great teams are victorious together.
Extreme Focus & Precision
The Blue Angels risk their lives every time they execute a maneuver. Greg draws his methods from a world where strategies for extreme focus are part of a larger process that ensures safety as well as precision.