Tiny Leadership Tales: ‘When No One Is Watching’

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Bite sized leadership lessons, featuring reader-submitted stories of no more than 100 words

An SGI at RMC-D, nearing four decades on this planet. What have my experiences taught me? Good leaders read, learn, listen, and lead. Humility in leaders arises as a result of their cognitive and physical competence. Good leaders put in work even when no one is watching, have a good understanding of the bigger picture, and the ability to influence those around them to work towards their organisation’s goals. This posting has/will have an extremely positive impact on the rest of my life. It has taught me to learn, develop and to aspire to be the best version of myself.
– Vinson Kumar

This is the story about an Army Officer who was given a chance. She had ambition and drive; she wanted to do it all – but was constantly told no. Policy said no. Bias said no. Here enters the leader – an advocate who took a risk. Going against outdated policy and social norms they put their faith in this officer and said yes. What resulted was an Army Officer who learned to believe in others and give them opportunity to show their potential just like a leader once did for her. Believe in your people; they may surprise you!
Jasmin Diab

I found a lot of my training occurred under pressure, time constrained and surrounded by assessors. As a new commander I learned quickly to give my subordinates the time and space to make mistakes. I gave my section commanders and sappers a weekend to develop plans within the confines of the Regiment. This created trust, open conversation and an ability to collaboratively navigate the fine art of planning, execution and communication. This taught my team, in slow time, the meaning of leadership in a safe space where mistakes were positive and meaningful to all involved.
Emma Watson

My Mum and I are parked outside the gates. I’m in junior school and boys unhurriedly traipse across handball courts to class. I peck her cheek, gather my book bag, and go to slide out the door. She says, “see those boys walking with their heads down, staring at their feet? Always walk with your head and eyes up- you project confidence and people feel that.” I’ve not forgotten those words. They’ve underpinned my person and my leadership. A blessing and a curse- confidence is next to arrogance- its reaped more than its cost. Thanks for the leadership lesson, Mum. 
– Samuel J. Cox

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