And here we add a very important note: Being a front-line leader does not require stripes on your sleeve or bars or stars on your collar. Leadership does not require rank. Front-line leadership can come from many quarters, arising as needed, and from the most experienced veteran to the greenest rookie depending on circumstances and need. In order for this to occur, however, the agency and its appointed leaders must have buy-in to the idea of recognizing and developing the department’s informal leaders.
“Remain humble. Don’t worry about who receives the credit. Never let power or authority go to your head.”
“Take a moment of self-reflection. Look at yourself in the mirror every night and ask yourself if you did your best.”
- Maj Dick Winters “10 Principles of Leadership”
Be humble. Give credit more than you take it. Remember those who have helped you to your position, and strive to help others. And realize that with power and authority come great responsibility, so constantly make sure you are meeting your responsibilities. It’s something we all should remember.
Talk of front-line leadership is something we hear all the time lately, but what does it really mean? You may have your own definitions or ideas, and we welcome you to share them with us and fellow readers, but we think these four principles provide a solid foundation for those who aspire to lead from the front.