By Sandra Beck
When I think of leading my boys through their life and helping them become great men I kind of cringe and hide for a moment, sometimes eating chips to ease the stress. Then I go to the gym and curse every chip still wondering how I as a single mother am supposed to raise two great men. Then I think about all the leadership training I have received and how much I have done for other people. You’d think I’d take my own advice…
So today I thought a lot about what makes a great leader – whether we are leading ourselves, our families, our companies or our troops. I believe it all comes down to heart.
In my mind true leaders, regardless of rank, put the team goals at the forefront of the mission and put their own agenda aside. True leaders work hard to possess the confidence that can be elusive, but is so necessary for the job. Mostly I think they serve out of love for what they are doing.
I love being a mom. I love being a friend. I love being in service to my country. The only thing common in those statements are I love. If you love what you do it becomes effortless. If you love what you do, you don’t need to be afraid. I had to remind myself that the heart of the matter is the heart. Lead with your heart but listen to your head and you will achieve greatness in whatever you do – and so will those around you.
Sandra Beck is the host of Military Mom Talk Radio and the single mother of two boys ages 5 and 8. She is an author, internet brand strategist and speaker. She has worked with the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Army for over 20 years and is passionate about helping women lead their families successfully the specific challenges of military life.