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Leadership That Matters, Part 12

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If altruistic leadership makes so much sense, if it would create goodwill and cause others to act positively, why is it so hard to do? It’s like the difference between eating a donut and eating a steak.

One More Award at Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue

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One of the primary things we say to guide our people is to always “Do the right thing”. We do what it takes to make our “customers” happy.

Leadership That Matters, Part 11

Some people don’t even realize they need help, and instead of pointing at them and laughing, we should be showing them the way toward enlightenment.

Leadership That Matters, Part 10: In Someone Else’s Shoes

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Our personal mission must be to exceed at helping people when they need help. Why they call us is pretty much immaterial; if they didn’t need help, they wouldn’t have called for it.


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Once there was a stone cutter who was dissatisfied with himself and his position in life. One day he passed a rich man’s home; he became envious and wished he could be like the merchant.

Leadership That Matter, Part 9

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If we can’t put people together and work with them, we are no more an effective emergency services team than is dumping a load of building materials on a job and calling it a house.

Leadership That Matters, Part 8

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The only way you will achieve this ability to lead with altrusistic values is to do it yourself and make it a hallmark of your leadership.

Leadership That Matters, Part 7

There will come a time when you need your charges to dig deep, to exert themselves in a way you can’t compensate. In a quid pro quo existence, when you really challenge your followers, if you can’t reward them now, you will have to pay them later.

Leadership That Matters, Part 6

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It is all very much contextual as to what is and isn’t valuable and sacrificial when it comes to the actions we consider altruistic.

Leadership That Matters, Part 5

Only the winner wins; second place is the “first loser”.

Leadership That Matters, Part 4

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What is good for the team is good for us as individuals. Alone, we may survive, but as a unit, we survive and lessen the effort on us all through cooperation.

Leadership That Matters, Part 3

We are all interconnected, and by that very reason, we stand to benefit by practicing more understanding behavior toward others. What benefits all of us, benefits every one of us.

Leadership That Matters, Part 2

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Leadership implies that we have something that others don’t have. We can use it for good. Or we can use it to our own advantage. And in that, it requires a choice.

Leadership That Matters, Part 1

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We talk about the “supreme sacrifice” and wear shirts that say, “We fight what you fear.” We tell people that our bond is based on “brotherhood’. These are all words that suggest a higher calling.

Perfect Alignment

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Deep down inside, we might say to ourselves, “That could never happen here.” Or we feel it coming up and we suppress it, because we know, if we were ever to actually verbalize that, it WOULD happen.

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