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Choosing Leadership

May 23, 2014
Photo credit: Public Affairs Office Fort Wainwright, flickr

Photo credit: Public Affairs Office Fort Wainwright, flickr

This week I was going to write about leadership in corporate America and if being a leader is a choice. Well, I believe that being a leader is a choice, and with Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day in mind, I would like to celebrate my father, Sergeant Major Johnny Jones, as well as the men and women who served and died for our country and made the choice to be leaders. Leadership is not about ownership or control – it is a service!

To those who have served our country, thank you for your:

Ability to Inspire
In time of war or peace, the men and women of the armed forces have inspired us with their experiences, stories, and triumphs. When observing, we see how they overcome adversity. I think about 9/11 and how that tremendous act of terrorism sparked a reaction in our country where men and women moved to action and joined the service to protect our family, friends, and people they did not know. I acknowledge all service members for their dedication and commend them for their efforts.

Commitment
Military members have a commitment to accomplishing a mission by having purpose, direction, and motivation, which is honored and respected. There is no greater motivation than seeing the commitment to our freedom on a daily basis.

Ethics and Integrity
No matter what their ethical foundation is, those in the service lead by example. Being a leader depends on actions and the willingness to execute.

Loyalty
The unwavering loyalty of the men and women of the service is selfless. Putting the needs and goals of their nation ahead of personal needs and interests is pure devotion.

So today I salute the men and women of the armed forces and say thank you for your service.  Nelnet appreciates the service of those who are still here and those we remember and their choice to be a leader.

 

Nycci Jones, Learning Engineer, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Nycci Jones, Learning Engineer, Nelnet Partner Solutions

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