Never let ’em see you sweat!

So, the title of this blog was something I was told many years ago by an Air Force colleague while working law enforcement operations in Germany. It was my first major event that I was solely responsible for and it was one of the biggest events to come through the base in a long time. I quickly learned how much I didn’t know and it truly gave me a perspective on the job I never considered.

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I was newly promoted to Sergeant and now ran the section once held by a member two higher ranks than I was. I needed to focus, rely on strategic and critical thinking. I went from follower to leader in a matter of a day; and the new perspective promised to be daunting. One thing that I am, and I fully believe all great leaders are though, is resilient.

This trait alone is something I look for as a sign about a person’s ability as a leader now, or their potential for leadership in the future. Without resilience, a person will not be able to see past the hand in front of their face; they will lack perspective. Without perspective there is no critical thinking and thus, strategical planning will be non-existent as well. As leaders, we have to have a vision. We also need to have  a plan for carrying out that vision.

Having these tools and being able to effectively use them are integral to being able to handle stress, changes in plans and other unexpected happenings, with ease. It helps to keep us resilient and calm; and nobody will ever have to see you sweat!

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