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Learning is a privilege. And more than that, knowledge is a gift. The best way to repay the gift of knowledge is to allow others the privilege of sharing it with you.
Perhaps the greatest form of respect is that which is based upon professional expertise. What firmer base is there to build upon than knowledge? Your positive achievements as a leader must be based on the maxim that those who "Teach, Teach, Teach" will succeed. It has taken me a long time, but I firmly believe in this precept. You must think success if you are to have any chance to succeed.
I want you to think about those happy people dwelling in marginal structures and using average equipment. Those are probably the people who love going to work. I would be willing to bet that at the root of their happiness lies a visionary leader; albeit a visionary with a poor budget. But he is probably working on that.
Pay attention. Have a vision and plan to reach that vision. With a little help from above, you might just succeed.
Dr. Harry R. Carter, a Firehouse® contributing editor, recently retired as a battalion commander with the Newark, NJ, Fire Department, where he also served as chief of training. He is also a past chief and active life member of the Adelphia, NJ, Fire Department. Dr. Carter is an Associate of the Institution of Fire Engineers of Great Britain (AIFireE).