Leadership and the Work Ethic – General Leadership

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At the turn of the Twentieth Century, a newly ordained minister was traveling through the Ozarks of Southern Missouri and made what became a momentous observation. More than a new church, what was most needed was a secondary school that would meet the needs of the rural, poor, farm families of the region. Thus began the dream that quickly became reality in 1906 with the founding of The School of the Ozarks. James Forsythe’s founding principle was based on the strong work ethic found in abundance among the hard scrabble youth that would form the student body. The school would be largely self supporting with the students providing the labor. Fifty five years later, I showed up. During the next four years, I acquired all of what became my work ethic, most of what I know about leadership and a lifelong belief in the synergism of the two.

Matthew Fritz‘s insight:

Steadfast personal values are the foundation of effective leadership. Personal values, clearly communicated, consistently demonstrated and mutually shared among all members of a team provide the cohesion for the unity of effort required to accomplish a task, objective, or mission. A leader’s vision establishes the destination but it is his or her mutually shared personal values that determine and stay the organization’s course. Developing mutually shared values is a challenge and it is also the leader’s responsibility. It is the leader’s greatest responsibility.

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Matthew Fritz is a leader and mentor in the field of complex organizational change, emotional intelligence, and organization strategy. A successful DoD senior-acquisition program manager and test leader, Matt has earned documented success in the areas of test and evaluation, assessment, technology development and flight operations. He has specialized experience in cost, schedule and performance management and is an active duty Field-Grade Officer with command-experience in the United States Air Force. Matt is also a certified acquisition professional, as well as a certified Emotional Intelligence Trainer/Practitioner. He is the Author of an instructional book entitled, “Leveraging Your LinkedIn Profile for Success” and actively blogs with other military leaders at GeneralLeadership.com, as well as his personal blog at AdvancedVectors.com. He and his wife, Stacy, enjoy life with their daughter and son in New Mexico.

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