Author: Patricia Feager, REALTOR®
Last night, I received a pass for a free screening for "Only the Brave." It was a private viewing and I thought I'd share some insights I gained from this tear-jerker movie that occurred on and before June 30, 2013.
This is the true story about the first Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of elite firefighters based in Prescott, AZ. Though tragic and heart-breaking, I left the theater focusing on Leadership. I highly recommend everyone see the movie. Not to give away the great performance by actors, or well-written account by Brendan J McDonough, here are some thoughts to ponder on Leadership - none of which were mentioned in the movie or the reviews. From my perspective I learned:
- With the right leadership, the least likely to succeed, can succeed.
- With strong leadership, a team can become one.
- A past, is never permanent.
- Rookies can learn when someone can lead.
- Rookies need encouragement from the Leader and the Team.
- Self-Discipline begins with self-respect.
- A baby's diaper isn't the only thing that needs to be changed.
- Taking the initiative to learn a new skill means there's leadership in you.
- True leadership is how you impact others.
- To be a leader, one must know how to put out fires.
- Giving ones all really does mean all or nothing.
- A Leader is not perfect.
- Even a Leader needs a strong Leader or two for support.
- A Team is not perfect - they are still a Team.
- A great leader influences others to forgive themselves.
Being at Glacier National Park last September had a profound effect on me. It took courage for me to post this photograph from my trip; however, it's important everyone get a glimpse of what firefighers see in their profession. Seeing "Only the Brave," on screen helped me to have a greater appreciation for Firefighters, Leadership, and the Team. --- Patricia Feager