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  1. John Lightly
    January 31, 2019 @ 5:39 pm

    As a non-military civilian, I appreciate your service to our country and your insights on leadership through this venue. As a Battalion Chief for an urban fire department, I can relate to many of your readers in that both lines of service deal with quickly changing, dangerous environments in which we often perform our duties.
    My current area of influence does not go out of its way to support continuous learning. The underlying belief is that once you’ve reached a particular level of schooling then you’ve arrived. Maintenance training is acceptable, but going above and beyond just because you want to is viewed with skepticism.
    My passion for self-development is strong, though, and is one I’m committed to even if I find myself alone in doing it. The world of emergency services, as well as the military, is ever only a moment away from the next major incident, disaster, or calamity. When that happens, it will be too late to begin developing leaders; it is critical that they have been preparing all along in anticipation of the next event. In spite of self-development, I may be faced with a scenario in the future that still leaves me unprepared, however, at least I will have a fighting chance. Without self-development as a leader, I am dead in the water to begin with.
    Blog posts such as shared on this site are greatly appreciated by me as I work daily to become the best leader of my members that I can be. It’s not for personal gain or glory; I have the sobering responsibility to send them into danger. I must be prepared. Thank you for your work!
    @yfdbc2

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    • jbowen100
      January 31, 2019 @ 6:48 pm

      John, thank you for your supportive words. More importantly, thank you for the work you do and assuming this developmental responsibility – especially when it is not popular or easy. We need more leaders like you in these important roles. Keep up the great work. Reach out anytime and let me know how I can help.
      –Josh

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