I read a post earlier today about this skilled paramedic who was so proud that he made a newbie feel bad.
I have been in the EMS field about a day and a half and I know less than nothing, but this really doesn’t have anything to do with being an EMT or paramedic or sniper or anything else.
It is easy to point out someone’s weakness, their inadequacies. It doesn’t take a special talent to make a snide comment about how much someone sucks or how “broken” they are. Sure it appears to be clever and brilliant, but really it’s just cheap and easy.
It takes much more of an effort and far more intelligence to be an example, to bite your tongue, to contribute positively to their life, to try. Some people will not get it. Some people are lazy and will make excuses and continue to make excuses for not achieving , but as a leader their behavior should have no bearing on yours. That’s kind of the definition of character.
As my husband(a leader of Marines) says, if you are in charge of others, if you happen to know more or by the grace of god are blessed with more talents and you feel a need to point that out, that doesn’t make you in better, it makes you an ass.
To behave in a manner that encourages change. That fosters growth. That makes others want to be better…that’s a leader.
Everything else is just an excuse to justify meanness. It’s not funny or clever or smart. It’s cowardice and it’s bullshit.
There are a million people who know more than me and I am eager to learn from them. Luckily, I am learning from the best. I happen to be a person who doesn’t much care if you’re an ass, you won’t stop me, but how very, very sad for the ones it will stop.
How very, very sad.