Who Am I?
I was a bit lost in my twenties. After struggling in high school, I jumped into college because I thought it was the expected next step. I started and stopped several times. The simple truth is that I wasn't ready. I wandered from job to job, never really finding where I belonged. I couldn't escape the feeling that I wasn't living up to my potential. Motivated by a sense of patriotism and a desire to improve my life, I joined the United States Air Force.
My very first supervisor wrote on a feedback form that I was "a leader among his peers." I had never been called a leader before. In all honesty, I'm not sure I understood what the word meant. But at that very moment, my lifelong examination of leadership began.
I would eventually obtain a graduate degree in the study of leadership. Along the way, I read and studied the various leadership philosophies that existed. I found that some worked, and some didn't. I found that some people responded to one form of leadership, while others responded to different approaches. I learned that leadership is much less about philosophies and tactics, and much more about conversations and relationships.
Leadership changes lives. Once we understand that, it is our responsibility to become the very best leader that we can be.