Authentic Leadership

It has been a great experience to listen, learn and have amazing learning experiences with various trainers with Klemmer & Associates. The ability to share and inspire the audience is great opportunity to teach great concepts, the ability to engage and have them learn, do and apply is where the true magic happens.

It numerous events  that I have attended in the past year I have seen presenters from Ronnie Doss, Bill Bixby sharing authentic stories about their journey of success.

There has been many great experience that they have shared from the own journeys that has made an impact with us.

Below is story Ronnie Doss share at one of the events
Ronnie explains  he gets a phone call for his best friend John and he says “Let’s go skydiving today”.

Ronnie quickly says “ now way man I don’t do well with heights”

John says “ C’mon Ronnie it’s my birthday” He quickly agrees and head to the local airport to do the jump.

He gets there and all his buddies are there waiting for him. He goes through an instructional course on how to pack his parachute and other safety procedures.

Ronnie puts on his green jump suit and notices that there is the metal circular clip on his back. He asks John “what’s this for?”  he replies and says “don’t worry about that for now, just get on the plane!”

They all enter the plane and Ronnie is still not feeling good about this adventure, he is being oblivious to the situation and he is cracking jokes with his friends and making small talk not at interested in the what will be happening soon.

Few minutes later the pilot yells “ We are ready to go!”

Everyone begins to stand and get ready except Ronnie who is still sitting and gripping the chair very heavily with his hands. John walks over and says “Are you ready to jump?” and Ronnie like a little child shakes his head in the “no” motion.

John ask’s  Ronnie to get up politely get up, by the way John is 6’2 and Ronnie is 5’11. He turns Ronnie around and clips into the back of his green jump suit.  John replies and says “I am ready and we are doing this tandem”  Ronnie goes on to say that “ John puts his feet under his and begins to walk to the door. All I could do is keep my feet stiff , but that didn’t help”.

We get to the door and I held on to both sides of the plane door with my hands and remember saying  in loud voice “ I still don’t want to do this” John removes his hands and they jump “jeronimoh!!!”

The wind is hitting Ronnie in the face and they are sailing in the wind, time is moving fast as the parachute deploys and they reach the ground safely.

Ronnie Doss turns to John and says “that was awesome, we are doing it again!”

He proceeded to pay for everyone and did a second jump again.

Ronnie Doss was being an authentic leader in sharing the story straight out of his journey. The participants  were engaged, interested and gained a valuable experience from his point of view. We all put our hands together and  clapped  with excitement on his accomplished.

You have the same opportunity to be an authentic leader in your life.

As the Nike quote says “Just Do It”

Moral of the story is that we all face fear in our journey of success is about overcoming them and burst through them. There is a great analogy called F.E.AR. witch stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. Live through it and created a new reality for yourself and others and before you know it you will be sharing your story with others.

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