In addition to being a Certified Master of The Leadership Challenge® and a member of the TLC community for many years, I have long been a supporter of our military, law enforcement, and emergency responders. As the granddaughter of a WWII Army paratrooper, daughter of a U.S. Air Force Captain, and the wife of a U.S. Marine and volunteer state trooper, part of my vision for life is to continue to find ways to honor and thank the men and women who are currently serving, or have previously served, our country and communities. And this past June I was privileged and blessed to have an opportunity to give back, introducing The Leadership Challenge® Workshop to a number of these courageous people. This eclectic group of men and women included Wounded Warriors injured in the line of duty, active duty Marines about to enter civilian life as well as veteran Marines who have already made the transition, and a gentleman who volunteers his weekends as a law enforcement officer for the Florida Highway Patrol.
Over two days, all of the participants eagerly embraced this opportunity to develop their personal and professional leadership capabilities as we explored The Leadership Challenge, including the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) and experiential activities around The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®. Individual LPI reports provided valuable feedback on current leadership behaviors and helped them uncover insights into the steps they could take to improve their effectiveness as leaders. It was personally fulfilling to watch as they realized how their past experiences could assist them in writing the next chapter of their leadership legacy. And the experience was equally powerful for everyone involved, as one participant said, “This has really helped me see how I can more effectively navigate the obstacles in my life and helped put me on a path to being a better leader in my home, workplace, and life.”
I was humbled and honored to be part of the leadership journey these brave men and women traveled. And as much as they benefited, I also came away with a deeper appreciation for the challenges they have encountered and, for many, continue to face. Thanks to Wiley and Fine Points Professionals for supporting the Masters Give Back program.
Mary Cooper is a Certified Master of The Leadership Challenge. A former consultant with Disney Institute, she is an independent leadership guide and organizational consultant working with clients from the private and government sectors. She can be reached at mcooper@EngagingOutcomes.com or at www.EngagingOutcomes.com.