On Veterans Day, Remember Those Who Embrace Responsibility

By Charles W.B. Wardell, III

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to deliver a lecture for a large, appreciative audience at the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida. My theme was about leadership and “The Joy of Responsibility.” Allow me to share the definition of leadership that I used in that talk:

Leadership is not the act of leading people. It is the act of being responsible for a collective group of people.

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Charles W.B. Wardell, III

Good leaders are not in it only for themselves. They enjoy leadership because it gives them the opportunity to have a positive influence on the lives of others – peers, stakeholders and communities.

In my talk, I referenced several kinds of leadership, including that in the military. Military leadership – especially in battle – faces unimaginable stresses and embraces responsibility. The chance to lead should be a well-earned joy … a privilege, and should not be a burden.

Today marks Veterans Day in the U.S. Please take a moment to appreciate what you have – even the challenges, which can teach us so many things. Think also about those who have served, and about the members of our military across the globe as they embrace the responsibilities of their work.

Charles W.B. Wardell, III, is President and CEO of Witt/Kieffer. He is a decorated combat veteran, having served with distinction in Vietnam.

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