Thomas Fletcher (fletch31526) wrote,
Thomas Fletcher
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Leadership

Drove in late last night from Outpost: Alaska and didn't crash until 3 a.m. or so. Of course, this doesn't really mesh well with a 5:45 a.m. alarm and having to be at work by 7 a.m.... so I've been dragging ass all day long. The perk is that I'm riding the captain seat today, so I set the pace. The downside is that we have a floating rookie working with us today, so I've had to set some sort of example. If it wasn't for him, I think today would have been nap day. As it was, I had to explain to him that he was never to be the first to turn on the TV and that turning on the Xbox in the middle of the afternoon wasn't establishing a good rookie reputation. I hope that my little pep talk helped.

I wonder how good of a leader I'll be if I ever get the chance permanently. To be honest, anyone can probably play the role of company officer for a shift here and there. Wing it. Sling it. And not be a complete slacker. But what about when you're the boss day in and day out?

I'd like to think that I would do well because I was an absolutely terrible rookie myself. The first half of my first year was spent being a lazy ass. I did what I needed to do... but not much else. I was the last to jump in on chores and never did anything that someone else might do first. It was not a good situation. Towards the end of my first year, I went to EMT school at a much larger neighboring department. They believe in a bit more discipline there and some of it rubbed off. It wasn't a decision that I made to be a better employee... It wasn't that someone told me that I had to shape up or else... It was that I saw there was a better way and decided to follow it because it seemed the right thing to do. Of course, that path doesn't work for everyone. It makes me wonder how I can motivate our newest guy towards a similar change of attitude.
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