How do you define the word leader? What are bad examples of leadership? What are good examples of leadership? What are the benefits of becoming a better leader? What are some of the reasons you might be hesitant to be a leader?
This is our monthly training focus and the questions pertaining to it. The first two meetings last week explored these and came up with many more.
I was reminded of why I joined the Marine Corps. Many may be surprised to find out that I was first enlisted in the Air Force. My father had discouraged me from joining the other services and all for different reasons but a great friend of mine, Brian Peters, pushed me hard to talk to his Marine Corps recruiter and I finally gave in just to get him off my back. That recruiter, Sargant Kirk greeted me with something completely different than all of the other recruiters had. Instead of sharing with all that the service could give me in the way of more tangible benefits he instead introduced me to the 14 leadership traits. He had a ring with 14 plastic tags on them, each with a different trait listed. He went through them one by one sharing with me what they were and meant. Justice, Judgement, Dependability, Initiative, Decisiveness, Tact, Integrity, Enthusiasm, Bearing, Unselfishness, Courage, Knowledge, Loyalty and Endurance. I haven’t spent any time on these since my active duty days but will definitely be digging back into them this month.
One big one I got from the feedback of the members in the two meetings this past Thursday was that good leaders look to create good leaders. I hope that I can be a part in helping people in that direction and that I can become a better leader myself in the process.
I would really like to hear from more of you on this topic. Look back to the questions in the first paragraph and bring your thoughts to one of our meetings or write me and let’s explore this and help each other.