Leadership as a Domain: a conversation w/Col (ret) Jon "Big Dogg" Rhone

On this week’s episode, I have yet another interview, this time with a fellow podcast host, coaching consultant, and most importantly, a leader seeking to improve the Air Force. I’m excited to have Colonel (retired) Jon “Big Dogg” Rhone on the show to talk about his platform Leadership as a Domain and his recent feature as a guest speaker at the 2020 Air University Leadership Education Development Experience. 


  • Jon “Big Dogg” Rhone has spent his entire life in the Air Force and was brought up in a family committed to service. First as a dependent, and then as an active duty officer, Jon graduated from the Air Force Academy and rose to the rank of Colonel before retiring in 2019. His father (Jim Rhone) retired as a Chief Master Sergeant and his mother (Judy Rhone) as a Lieutenant Colonel. His brother (Jamie Rhone) also graduated from the Academy and retired in 2007 and his sister (Joy Glynn) served in the Air Force for over a decade. Jon has served in multiple leadership and command positions in the Combat Air Forces and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). While on active duty, he served as an Air Battle Manager, USAF Weapons School Instructor, and led the Combat Operations Division at an Air Operations Center while accumulating over 3,000 hours as an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) crew member. During his time on active duty, Jon deployed 13 times to the Middle East, Africa and Pacific areas of operation. He currently resides in Williamsburg, VA with his wife Michelle and has three children.
  • Big Dogg was recently featured as a guest speaker at Air University’s Leadership Education Development eXperience (LEDx). LEDx is a two-day conference provided attendees with a blend of keynote addresses, TED Talk-style speaker presentations and interactive small-group lab sessions designed to promote an environment that fosters innovative and diverse thinking from a leadership perspective.
  • The Leadership Domain – “A set of interdependent values, principles and skills that produce an optimal environment to develop the leadership, followership, and teamwork skills necessary for mission/organizational effectiveness and healthy leadership culture. The purpose of embracing Leadership As A Domain is to provide a deliberate process that unlocks individuals’ full leadership potential.”
  • Leadership Domain Podcast – Real Talk with Real Leaders.
  • Rhone Coaching and Consulting Group – “Leadership, is the single most important factor for organizational success. This principle defined our careers in conventional and special operations aviation command and control and as a first-responder.  We are driven to serve by teaching what we lived to help strengthen your team by providing the tools that will build a healthy leadership culture and continually develop leadership and followership skills.”