Chris R. Stricklin

Award-Winning International Author & Speaker
Retired USAF Senior Officer
Commanded Top Fighter Squadron
​Thunderbird Solo (F-16)
F-15C Instructor of the Year
Top USAF Safety Officer​
White House Fellowship
DARPA Fellowship

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Chris “Elroy” Stricklin is an award-winning leadership author, a highly sought after motivational keynote speaker and a Combat-Proven Senior Military leader retiring after 23 years of service which culminated with CEO-Level leadership of a 7,000-person strong, $7B worldwide organization. His unique leadership style & skill have afforded him roles as a Business Management Consultant with multiple Fortune 500 businesses and presentations before millions of business employees.
His style combines the skills acquired as a combat-proven leader, mentor, author, speaker and coach integrating the fields of dynamic Leadership, followership, negotiations, positive change, public relations, public speaking and complex organizational change as a business strategist.
Unique experience as a U.S.A.F. Thunderbird Solo coupled with CEO-Level duties and Pentagon-level strategic management of critical Air Force resources valued at $840B, multiple N.A.T.O. assignments, White House and DARPA fellowships, and command-experience in the United States Air Force allow his unique synthesis of speaking, following, leading, management, negotiations, continuous improvement and positive change. His acclaimed keynote reveals the secret to Teamwork…The Thunderbird Way, an insight into the success principles and training methods used by The Air Force Thunderbirds to ensure precision and success each season.
A combat-decorated Fighter Pilot, Chris is also a Certified Manager with degrees in Economics, Financial Planning, Management, Real Estate, Strategic Studies and Operational Art and Science. He authored a negotiation primer subsequently published and adopted as required Air Force Pentagon new action officer orientation. He and his wife, Terri, have 4 children.

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The General Leadership Foundation:

Three Elements of a Shared Mental Model...
The Thunderbird Way
Lead at the Speed of Trust
4 All-Encompassing Effective Leadership Styles
Perfection Found in a Fighter Debrief
Followership: Secret to Military Leadership
36 Questions Which Lead Leaders
Strategic Professionalism Series
Strategic Professionalism Series: Selflessness
Strategic Professionalism Series: Commitment
Leadership Lessons on a #SunriseRun
Tripod of Success: Purpose, Wealth, Legacy
Tripod of Success Series: Legacy From a Third-Grader
Tripod of Success Series: Wealth From A Craftsman
Tripod of Success Series: Purpose From an APCO Electrician
Tripod of Success Series: How Do You Define Success?
Why we Write…
Establishing Goals: Achieving Greatness One Step at a Time
5 Ground Rules for New Leadership Challenges 
with Tanveer Naseer
The Secret to Leadership (Podcast)
Positive Change: Because That’s The Way It’s Always Been…
5 Principles of Leadership Presence From the Thunderbirds
200 Second Soundbite: Dynamic Leadership (VideoBlog)
200-Second Soundbite: Corn Farmer Life Lessons (VideoBlog)
The Friendship of Leadership (Podcast)
13 Good Lessons From Bad Leaders
Life Lessons From a Corn Farmer (AudioBlog)
Lead Like A Rich Person! Growth Plan 2014 (VideoBlog)
Dynamic Leadership: Don’t be a Humvee Leader
Positive Change: Yesterday is Interesting but Irrelevant

Switched On Leadership

Leading With less

Your Teen For Parents Magazine:
The Trusted Source For Raising Teenagers

Perspectives: Family Life in the Military

Digital List Magazine 

5 Principles of Leadership Presence
Leading With less

Eff Leadership
Change Leaders, Where Has All Your Passion Gone?
Swimming with Jellyfish
3 lessons From the Dinner Table

Business Matters: UK’S Leading SME Magazine

Personal Courage to Lead
Yesterday is Interesting but Irrelevant
Dynamic Leadership: The Secret to Leadership
Why a Dynamic Leader Must Be a Friend To Their Team

8 Principles of Dynamic Leadership
5 Fundamental of a Successful Marriage

Lead with Giants

Moderns Perched on the Shoulders of Ancients
The Leadership Art of Mentorship

Linked2Leadership: The Leadership Collaboratory

On Leadership and the Personal Courage
Required to be a Lea

SAP: Business Innovation

3 Leadership Lessons from the Dinner Table 
8 #Leadership Resolutions for 2015
6 Leadership Insights from Marathons
5 Principles of Leadership Presence
The Value of Dynamic Leadership
resource for executives seeking latest in business news and leadership strategy

5 Principles of Leadership Presence
6 Leadership Insights From Marathons

Institute of Internal Communications

Message Sent Dos Not Equal Message Received

Lead Change Group

What’s Your Leadership Marque?

Switch and Shift: The Human Side of Business

This Is What Truly Exceptional Leadership Is All about
The Thunderbird Way: 5 Principles of Success
2 High-Speed Fighter Pilot Secrets:
          The Debrief and Lessons Learned

Change Leaders, Where Has All Your Passion Gone?
The Four Posts of Leadership:
          Your Personal Style is Crucial

Leading with Less
6 Traits of a Rebel Leader
3 Leadership Lessons from the Dinner Table
11 Trademarks of Rebellious Leadership
8 #Leadership Resolutions for 2015
6 Leadership Insights from Marathons
5 Principles of Leadership Presence
Swimming With Jellyfish:
          A Sea of Virulent Leaders w/ Matthew Fritz

Eff. Leadership: What is Your Predisposition?
The Perils of Being a Ninth Letter Leader
The Value of Dynamic Leadership

Switched On Leadership

Lead With Less


Leadership is about asking the right questions
How to be effective and efficient

Great Place To Work

Time is of the Essence w/Jason Womack

Tanveer Naseer’s Leadership Cafe

5 Important Keys For Taking On New Leadership Challenges

Stars and Stripes

From Afghanistan with love

Insurance Relief

8 #Leadership Resolutions for 2015

Air Force Publications

#ReverseGratitude: Thank You America
Sir, I Assume Command
This isn’t my Air Force anymore

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