Command Post: Riding the Right-Front Seat: Set a Course for Success

It has been said that the Global Positioning System (GPS) is one of the great modern inventions. It lets you navigate the streets of an unknown area with a degree of confidence and security. It lets you find your way through strange and challenging new...


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Your efforts must always be unselfish. You must never be perceived as working your people hard so you can look good and take all of the credit for their blood, sweat and tears. People will think much more of you if you treat them in fairly and tactfully.

Let me suggest it is a compilation of all the preceding attributes that lets reach the ultimate level of success. Your people will trust you because they have faith in your abilities and know that you would do nothing consciously that could cause them harm. Faith and trust are at the apex of the leadership success.

It never hurts to take stock of yourself and your talents. You must also assess the nature of your team and their capabilities. These two tasks should occupy a great deal of your time and talent as a leader. Unless you periodically reset your internal compass, you risk losing your way and damaging your team.

 

Dr. Carter shares his perspectives in his “The View From my Front Porch” blog at:

http://www.firehouse.com/blogs/the-view-from-my-front-porch.