Sometimes opportunities present themselves that make no sense. I had no particular desire to visit Haiti and no ties to any mission efforts.
As often the case, helping others achieve their objectives turns out to be leadership in action. In this case, my brother was trying to bring water to the village of Ti-Anse in Haiti. He is a retired facilities project engineer from General Motors with all the right skills to bring this project to life. I was a guy with some extra time at the moment. When asked, my immediate reaction was “no”. Why would I want to do this 10 day trip with no basic comforts? When I changed the question to, “would I help someone accomplish their objective?”, then answer changed to “yes”. A very similar situation happened in my career when asked to go to England to complete three MD-11’s in modification. I said no at first and then was instructed to go. This was the turning point where I worked internationally the rest of my career visiting over 50 countries.
So – as you read this LiaV post, I’m in Haiti and perhaps the 5 miles of pipe, 2 cisterns and distribution system are working.
How has helping someone else achieve their goals caused you to grow and mature as a leader?