Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Become a better Leader, Boss, Employee, Dad, Friend or Person...

For the past few months I have been speaking to young men and women at College Fishing tournaments or meeting with them at their respective universities. As I reflect on meeting these young people I have thought a lot about my career in the fire service. Not only who I was as a Lieutenant, but also as who I am as a Leader, Employee, Friend or just Dad; but more than anything these college anglers are our future leaders.

Many of the successful people I know are great at delaying satisfaction. Successful people are great at withstanding temptation. Successful people are great at overcoming fear. Successful people prioritize from their own list; for me I make God - first, Family - second and everything else falls below on the list.

All of these are just some of the qualities that can make a person, a remarkably successful person in their own lives.

Read the list below and ponder on each one of these topics. Consider how these 7 things related to who I am:

1. Always act as if you are in total control.

2. Put aside things you have no ability to affect.

3. See the past as valuable training … and nothing more.

4. Celebrate the success of others.

5. Never allow yourself to whine. (Or complain. Or criticize.)

6. Focus only on impressing yourself.

7. Count your blessings.

Leadership is a learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. Leadership style is learned from mentors, learned in the classroom and exists as part of a person's own skill set developed over years, and existing possibly, from birth. Every great organization, business and school needs effective and successful leaders. We all must be those that can inspire their employees, children and friends to reach deep within themselves to get things done. In the end, successful leaders are able to sustain their success because of the 7 things I have listed above.

“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” Said Colin Powell

About the author:
Tom Branch, Jr. is a retired Lt./PMDC/Firefighter with Gwinnett County Fire after 29 years of service. He is currently a contracted employee with NAVICO/Lowrance working as the College Fishing Recruiter. He has been working in the Outdoor Industry for over 20 years. He has done everything from successfully managing and developing a pro fishing team, developing new products, designing packaging, participated in different radio & television shows. He has done many product demonstrations all around the country for different companies. He and his beautiful wife, Kim live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab Jake.

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