The original term “Wingman” refers to the pattern in which fighter jets are positioned one behind the other; where the second is the wingman or wingwoman; prudently watching the back of the first at all times. He or she is a comrade you would trust with your life, someone who is selflessly committed to your success and is always ready to face any challenge. Applied for the business perspective; Wingmanship is the concept of becoming someone’s trusted partner, always being present, appreciative, honest, the voice of reason, positive-minded, a driving force, and above all supportive through every circumstance.
“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” – Napolean Hill
A wingman can be anyone around you; Tech Support personnel are wingmen to the entire IT department, SDRs are wingmen to Sales Managers, the board members to a company’s leadership, your Quality Assurance Analysts, Data Analysts, Customer Support Managers, Trainers, etc.; there are thousands of examples and instances in which someone around you could be your wingman, while you could be theirs.
A positive mindset, background support, dedication to superior performance, and loyalty to the company’s goals are what help firms reach their full potential as a whole, as well as its individuals. Open communication, involvement, and guidance from top-level executives go a long way to build a workforce of wingmen and wingwomen, whom any executive can completely rely on in times of need. It is important to know the characteristics of Wingmanship, how they apply to any business environment, and how they help establish healthy corporate culture values.