A Role Model For Our Time
It’s not often nowadays we come across Leadership role models. People who exhibit a defined set of values, capture the hearts and minds of the people with whom they interact, also demonstrate courage, wisdom and leadership. The late Dermot Earley , Former Defence Forces Chief of Staff of the Irish Army was such a role model.Two weeks ago at Dermot Earleys’ graveside, Lieutenant General Séan Mc Canns eulogy gives us an insight into this Leaders impact, “He was our chief. He held us together, informed us, inspired us, told each of us what work we ought to be doing and motivated us to do it. He radiated charm and coloured us with his professionalism. He was our appointed leader and our chosen leader.”
Dermot Earley spoke to many people but it was his words to young soldiers and cadets which should especially resonate “Your attitude is more important than your ability. Your motives are more important than your methods, your courage is more important than your cleverness and always have your heart in the right place.
In organisations, leadership is defined by our ability to become a role model to others and the positive imprint that we leave behind. The Legacy which remains when we ourselves have moved onto new roles or new organisations should define our success. How we inspire, motivate and draw people together in the most difficult times is our challenge as role models. Maybe leaving a legacy is something to which we should all aspire and perhaps it should actually be our starting point when reflecting on how we will conduct ourselves as Leaders.
Author: Shirley Kavanagh
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