Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Leadership is a Gift

Leadership is a gift. It's given by those who follow. You have to be worthy of it." ~General Mark Welsh
A few weeks ago, Assistant Fire Chief Brian Fennessy for San Diego Fire-Rescue (and local/rural representative on the NWCG Leadership Subcommittee) recommended that I watch a video of General Mark Welsh, Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, speaking to a group of cadets at the Air Force Academy.

I was moved by General Welsh’s public speaking ability. His message, and how he gave it, was not what I expected to hear from a man in his rank and position. He was captivating, funny, compassionate, moving, and humble—everything you want from a leader. He showed a side of himself that commanded respect and praise.

The video is approximately 50 minutes long, but I encourage you to take the time to watch it in its entirety and experience leadership in action. You will come away with a clear sense of commander’s intent and an example of what right looks like.

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