When I think about my Bruddah I can’t help but think about the Army (or National Guard…same difference at times.) I think about how some of the things he’s learned have been used for everyday life, like helping to change a tire…on a helicopter…parked on the side of the road. (Happens more than you think) I mean, where else are you going to learn how to work on helicopters, Apaches and Black hawks at that?
So, what do you do?
Oh…I’m a Helicopter Mechanic.
Oh really….uh…yeah…that’s pretty…yeah…that’s somethin…wow, Helicopter Mechanic? Cool. Oh…what’s that? Oh…I…uh…I…draw, lines and squares and circles…yeah…I draw things…oh…wait…I do it with a com-pew-ter. I know…mister fancy pants over here.
Somewhere along the way he turned from a Helicopter Mechanic into what I thought was called a Crew Chief. I was told that his official title is…and I quote “Aviation T.I. on the AH-64D Apache Helicopter…boom shockalocka!” The T.I. stands for Technical Inspector. Basically he inspects the maintenance on the machines and makes sure they are up to speed. He isn’t in a position to manage troops, but he is an E6…so that means he outranks several of them, and he has been in charge of troops before. He just so happened to be a Squad Leader when he served in Iraq a few years ago, and he’s also been a Platoon Sergeant. (Talk about going the long way around for that segue) This brings me to Leadership.
I actually know a thing or two about leadership. Not Army Leadership…but leadership nonetheless. You see (*shameless plug*) I’m a member of the Monett Jaycees…which in turn makes me a member of the Missouri Jaycees…which in turn makes me a member of the United States Jaycees…which in turn makes me a member of J.C. I. (Junior Chamber International) All for one easy, low payment of $65 a year. (Subject to change, according to where you live. If you are between the ages of 18 and 40…do check to see if there is a chapter nearby.)
Because of my involvement, over the past four years, I’m able to say that I’m friends with…oh; let’s say…about 2 dozen people, who can call themselves past Missouri Jaycees State Presidents. I’ve also met two of our National Presidents. (And both numbers are still growing.) I’ve been a “leader” at the local level, serving as our Chapter’s President last year, 2012. So glad I missed being the 2013 President. Seems so unlucky. This year I’m our Chapter’s Chairman of the Board…as well as the Missouri Jaycees State Chaplain. (Boom Shockalocka…I suppose!) So, I’ve seen my fair share of leaders…good and bad.
Leadership can be found in anyone…anywhere. You can see it at School, Work, Military, Church and any number of civic organizations out there. (I am also a proud member of our local Blue Lodge and in a position of minor leadership at my local Church.) Leadership is the sort of quality that embodies other qualities, like;
- Honesty – I would never write a post on Leadershhh….Oh, hello. How you doin?
- Ability to Delegate – Hey you! Go do that thing so I don’t have to.
- Communication – Hey you! (On cell phone, pager, e-mail, instant messenger, snail mail…)
- Sense of Humor – And I said Wrecked-em…damn near killed-em…
- Confidence – With a head of hair like this…what can go wrong?
- Commitment – You want me to do this for how long?
- Positive Attitude – I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and gosh darn it…people like me.
- Creativity – There’s this car……that runs on Water!
- Intuition – Isn’t this a Jewel song…or something about woman razors?
- Ability to Inspire – Monett Jaycees don’t have complete disasters…Monett Jaycees have “Learning Experiences”.
I’ve actually said one of these…can you guess which one?
Okay, let’s do an experiment. Have a look around (if you’re by yourself, think outside your box). Do all the people you know in leadership positions own all the qualities listed above? Go ahead, take notes…and share with your peers. Post them on the bulletin board if you want. It’s your life, I don’t care.
I often like to look at fake people when thinking about good leaders. By this I mean characters in movies or on Television…not the poor leaders in your life right now.
I want people to be afraid of how much they love me ~ Michael Scott
The first one that comes to mind is Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Highway from Heartbreak Ridge. He had his own problems, and a very defiant group, but in the end he was still able to get the job done. Improvise, Adapt and Overcome….Punk! I think Clint Eastwood my own these qualities without having to act.
Next is one of my favorite actors, Kevin Costner. The Postman showed him develop these characteristics over a period of time, which shows you don’t have to have them all at the beginning, to be a good leader. Things are getting better. They’re getting better all the time ~ Richard Starkey (President…of the Beatles Fan Club). I know it’s not a baseball movie, which is a bunch of bull, but it’s still pretty good.
Lastly we need to turn to the hours in a day. 24. Everybody Down! Now, Jack Bauer may not be a good leader, but by gosh he always saved the day. (I only mention this one because I saw that the show was coming back. Boom!) I can spin it to say that, on occasion, he has saved the day from a bad leader…great show.
Are you in a leadership position? Do you stack up? How about the leaders around you?