By Matt Stiehm Ed.D
Leadership is relatively easy term to define but hard skill to find. Everyone makes claims that they are a good leader, an exceptional leader, however many fail to live up to the hype. A good leader does not need to wear their bravado on their sleeves, they walk the walk and talk the talk.
A good leader makes solid decisions, the right decisions, and those decisions might not seem right to you but they are right, a good leader must make the tough decisions. Sometimes the leader makes unpopular decisions.
Leadership is defined as “a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in way that makes it more cohesive” (www.nwlink.com). But how does this affect you as an executive protection specialist?
In your daily career as an executive protection specialist you have a variety of options to protect your client(s). They trust your training and experience, and ultimately your leadership in finding solutions to any problems that they might encounter.
As your career goes on you might be assigned to lead a team or much larger group or protection specialists. You are chosen for your ability to understand the job, protect the clients, and to get the other protection professionals to do what is right thing at the right time for the right reasons.