Leadership Efficaciousness

Over a decade ago, I was a Jet Engine Mechanic. A kid, who feared and respected his elders.. believing them to be wise and knowledgeable. I found out, however, that most of my leaders had leadership thrust upon them.. it was not something they sought out and mostly nothing they wanted once they had it. That’s one of the downsides of the military.. if you’re breathing and stick around long enough.. it’s only a matter of time before they force you to lead.

Why is this a downside? Well.. you know the really weak kid that you used to pick on in high school? Well.. give him a leadership role and he’ll take it out on his subordinates. Bullied kids grow up to bully others.. especially in the military it seems. Something else I learned while testing Jet Engines..

The box is for the Majority.. Great Leaders must be outside the box.

Being outside the box lets you see things objectively. The problem, I found, was that those standing outside the box were considered to be going “against the grain”, if you will. Everyone viewed them as rebels and worked collectively to remove them. One by one I noticed all of the great leaders leave the military.. leaving us only with the Bullies. Those that were afraid to leave.. knowing that outside of the military they would be returned to their weak status of ordinary, grass-eating, herd member.

I had a dream last night.. in it, I was back there.. testing Jet Engines. I loved that job. I was back after a long hiatus, and much to my surprise.. several of my old bosses were back there working as well. Unfortunately, NOT the good bosses. Only the bosses that I considered lacking in creativity. It was rather disturbing, the dream. Things were arranged in ways that didn’t even make sense.. and mistakes were made that were extremely careless and jeopardized the lives of all of us. In the end, a Jet Engine managed to be taken to full power without being secured which ended up in catastrophic events costing the tax-payers (you) millions of dollars.

I awoke to an email informing me that an acquaintance had made a bold decision entailing a move halfway across the country.. a new job in a new place. Gutsy. A new job in a new place is what started my journey into the real world. It’s what awakened the knowledge-monster that hides in my soul. It was the gutsy decision to go “against the grain” that has gotten me this far and I think the dream and the email are both a reminder that I should not get back in the box, or get out if I AM in it.

  • teleshka

    I’m with you on this one Skid. It’s amazing what you can view when you take a breath and step outside of
    yourself and look at things from the outside. There are times when you have to mix it up to get ahead in
    this world. I wouldn’t have landed the job I’m at currently if I hadn’t just taken the plunge. The reason
    why I got THIS job isn’t just due to the fact Aron put in the good word for me at Aureus Group. (Although
    it definitely went a long way to help!!) I work here because I WANT to work here. The desire to better
    myself and my position goes a long way towards making my dreams a reality. Unfortunately my dreams aren’t
    truly ambitious compared with others, which is why I am where I am. But I am here and where I am at because
    that’s where I want to be, I take all of the credit and all of the blame squarely. 🙂
    I have worked with many people in the military, and it does make me wonder what would have happened if I had
    pursued the missing thumb issue more in depth and tried to get an exception made when I tried to join the
    military. (I was squared away to join the Navy thru their nuclear engineer program when they took a picture
    of my thumb and never called me back.)
    Long story short (too late) is that the place we are all in our lives are due in no small part to our own
    efforts, desires and dreams.