Leader, Mentor, Neighbor

Jack.  He is your neighbor,  your friend, and the guy you ask to help change your flat tire, or mount the television to your wall.  He is a well-respected leader at a local company.

He is the guy you relate to because he is intelligent, self-confident, and social.  You know he has a big job, you are unsure of what it is, but you know because he works long and unpredictable hours, but still manages to have a smile and a wave for you.  You also know he just won a prestigious company safety award and is one of the top producing sites in his company.

When you look deeper you know that while he is at home cutting his grass, he is silently planning his approach to the following days’ challenges.  You have a deep respect for Jack.  You know his success was hard-earned.

Jack is the man everyone aspires to be.  Starting off at the ground-level of a company and climbing that ladder with seeming ease.  Jack is the true definition of a successful leader.  He has a good foundation of traits for sure.  That aforementioned intellect and confidence.  But what else Jack has is an extraverted personality that benefits him in ways that gets him noticed.  You see how the SuperBowl party he hosts has people, family and employees alike,  lined up down the street.  But is that all the magic of his success?

He works hard, uses his work ethic, his openness, his genuine nature to continue gaining industry and personnel knowledge.   He makes friends easy, and is humble in the way he handles his successes.    When he won that safety leadership award the neighborhood, including you, visited just to shake his hand.  You couldn’t help but notice how meticulously his home was taken care of.  He works hard at work and at home, consistently.

It took Jack eight years to transition from a temporary cleaning employee to a highly rated production manager and safety award winner.    When you take stock of what he has achieved you finally ask him if it was just his personality traits alone or maybe even luck that he managed to make it to the top.  Is it work ethic?  What helped make Jack, Jack?

So you ask him, what his recipe for leadership success is.  Then, Jack, being Jack and wanting to give back, takes you under his wing and tells you about his company mentor that gave him the industry knowledge, the decision making skills, the other core competency skills a leader needs to succeed in his type of business.  He tells you that it was some of the traits he was born with, but it was also the skills that he learned through mentorship and experience that made the real difference.

You find yourself talking to Jack more everyday over the picket fence that separates your yards.  In him you find the mentor you need as you utilize your personal traits, and his knowledge as a leader to grow your skills too.   You figure within the next couple of years the neighborhood will be turning out to shake your hand when you win a company leadership award.

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