You’ve got to want it!

Leadership is an odd thing in the fire service, unlike elsewhere I have worked in my life. Leaders in the fire service seem to always want the promotion, not for money, not for praise, but for the challenge of it. I think it has to do with the qualities of the people who join the fire service in general. That is not to say that we don’t have bad leaders in the brotherhood, just that they have their nose pointed in the right direction when they start down the road.

I have been reading a book called “Leadership secrets of Attila the Hun” by Wess Roberts, Ph. D.  I highly recommend this book to any who would take up the challenge of leadership. (even in-game) In the book he quotes Attila:

“There is little more unsettling to the Huns than being under the command of a king or a chieftain who shows a lack of commitment in his responsibility as a leader.

Too often, the leadership of many nations falls to princes who lack the ambition, courage and capabilities to reign as leaders. Such disinterest, cowardice and incompetence is manifested in various action that discourage and bewilder subordinates, thus strengthening the enemy.

It is the responsibility of all Huns to choose and follow only those chieftains who demonstrate a desire to lead. Such leaders will be of no composite character. They will be as different from one another as one Hun is different from another. They will not be laden with all human virtues, nor will they possess a flawless character.

Committed leaders, those with a lust for leadership, a willingness to serve, will, however, be distinguishable by their wisdom, sincerity, benevolence, authority and courage. They will have a human quality and a strong commitment to their cause and to that of those they serve.”

So when you take a look at your guild, ask yourself this question: Do I have a true desire to lead? Do I have the courage to stand up for my guilds goals? Am I here to serve a greater good? If the answer is anything other than yes, step down and let someone else take the rains.

My guild had the opportunity recently to replace our guild leader. The three men who stood up to take the reins all had the desire to lead, all stood for the greater good of the guild, and all were willing to maintain and progress upon the guilds goals. We the officers got to choose the leader based upon what we saw from them and I believe the correct decision was made. Minaru maintains the qualities I quoted from the book above of wisdom, sincerity, benevolence, authority, and courage. I also believe the men who now stand as Council in our guild also have those qualities.

Please carry this with you, not just for your gaming, but for your life. If you seek to lead and not follow, then seek after the qualities above.

Until next time,

Don’t stand in the fire.

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~ by firemantony on August 28, 2010.

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