Seven characteristics of role model leadership

By Tim Strickler, chief financial officer of Communications Electronics

As I reflect on the 25 years of my career path and experiences of my colleagues, I’m struck by the influence leaders exert simply by way of their leadership example — or role modeling.

In my case, years of being around leaders and absorbing their example has influenced my style more than any mentoring sessions ever could. Part consciously, part subconsciously we form our internal sense of leadership norms and standards from the leaders we work with. That’s something all leaders should pause to consider: We’d better be setting a good example.

What follows is what I hope others see in our leadership example as we model it daily.

Competence. We have a healthy awareness of what we do and don’t know, and won’t accept a role beyond our competency. We understand the role and are willing to do all of it, not just the parts we like. Our confidence is authentic — grounded in the substance of effort and truth, not inflated hubristic pride. We are committed to fact-based decision making and understand that bringing thoughtful, honest clarity to challenges is more effective than control. We bring powerful optimism, but not by ignoring realities. We are intellectually curious, and know that the best solutions often lie in creativity and collaboration.

Wisdom. We reflect wisdom, which is neither intellect nor competency but more highly evolved and hard-earned through the trials and bumps of experience. Wisdom gives us the ability to display poise, and foster calmness in the face of chaos. It allows us to rise above it all with perspective, revealing the true picture and sense of trajectory of things. Because of wisdom, we know people are imperfect and the path is rarely linear. And wisdom guides us in seeking authentic power (influence) credibly earned daily and for the sake of doing good, not positional authority.

Service. We live by a standard of service by putting others first. We passionately seek to support purpose in goals transcending ourselves. We authentically care about people, and recognize that adding value to people is the success mattering most in the end. We are willing to share, teach and mentor — not for our glory but in service of others. We don’t cling to what we know for personal gain, but rather share in a spirit of abundance and service. We walk with patience, and extend grace where possible.

Integrity. We are honest with ourselves, even when the truth is disappointing or harsh. We are a truth seeker, not a defender of self. We cultivate intellectual honesty, and welcome thoughtful disagreement. We hold others accountable, and ourselves too. We are authentically ourselves — personally and professionally, easy and rough seas, and regardless of who we are talking to. And we know the importance of presentation optics, but don’t let it degrade into disingenuous spin.

Humility. We recognize the truth that we are all on a journey of self-growth, and we aim to steadily pursue the best possible version of ourselves while helping others with their journey. We care far more about what is right than who is right. We work hard to be self-aware and a good listener. We have a good sense of humor, including being able to laugh at ourselves, as we know humor is a universal joy. And we aim to respond to challenging situations with thoughtfulness, wisdom and self-control.

Courage. We are realistic, but keep fear in check. We operate from a spirit of abundance, not scarcity, which gives us depth and perspective to be courageous. When duty calls, we are willing to have the difficult conversations and make the tough decisions — even when it’s professionally risky for us. We are willing to stand against injustices and call out professional bullies and manipulators, and when necessary part ways with them.

Gratitude. We are perpetually thankful for blessings in our personal and professional lives, and savor the small joys during the journey. We have high standards for our team, but reasonable ones, and authentically feel and show appreciation for team successes. We recognize that all great accomplishments rest on something far greater than ourselves and are the result of team effort, and we never forget this. We show caring interest in our team members, and give back in encouragement and mentoring. And we always say thank you.

Why is role modeling leadership important? Because our leadership example has exponential power via shaping internal norms and expectations of all rising leaders in our organization who will later influence others with their leadership example. Because guiding and developing others is a fundamental responsibility of all leaders and role modeling is a powerful tool to do so. And because cultivating fine leadership is central to organizational success and crucial to our society at large.


The Evolution of In-Building Public Safety Communications

Sharing this must read article by Joe Schmelzer of Connected Real Estate Magazine on the in’s and out’s of in-building public safety communications. Joe writes:

If your building is on fire or some other emergency is occurring onthe premises that threatens lives or property, you depend on a wellhoned and coordinated team of first responders to save the day. And they do. Read more:

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Four years ago SOLiD started the MIDDLEPRISE discussion. Three years ago, the wireless industry joined the conversation and today the MIDDLEPRISE is talking MIDDLEPRISE. However, is it the same MIDDLEPRISE as three years ago? Well, yes and no.
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As the commercial real estate market faces tightening yields, the ability to maximize value from assets, equipment, tenants and occupants is becoming increasingly critical. Data-driven technologies are enabling landlords to derive maximum value from commercial real estate assets and create a completely new profitability paradigm for the commercial real estate industry. Read more:

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Here is an informative article by Joe Schmelzer which discusses the various types of DAS technologies available to improve cell service in your building. Joe writes:

Good cellular reception is critical to occupancy rates – whether it’s in apartment or office buildings, warehouses, retail spaces, restaurants, fitness centers, parking garages, or multi – use buildings. Tenants and guests expect to be able to use their cell phones whenever and wherever they want for convenience, business, entertainment, safety. or just to stay in touch.

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Outdoor cellular coverage and capacity has improved significantly in the last two decades, such that the majority of the population now relies on their smartphones for personal and business communication. Indeed, an entire generation has now grown up without using a landline telephone or wired Ethernet- cellular and Wi-Fi are all they know.

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We found an informative article written by Steven Reinhard of Connected Magazine. Steve writes:

Today, a well-known and highly cited statistic is that 80% or more of wireless calls originate indoors. Wireless communications are integral to how we live, work and play, and wireless networks and network connectivity have become the utility of the 21st century. No longer can owners of office buildings depend on reliable wireless coverage being provided by legacy outdoor towers or rooftop antennas. Today’s tenants view indoor wireless connectivity as essential to their ability to maintain an office and work, on par with electricity and climate control.

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Communications Electronics Joins the Safer Buildings Coalition

Communications Electronics (CE) is pleased to announce its recent membership with the Safer Buildings Coalition. As a leading in-building integrator in the Mid-Atlantic, CE is committed to providing reliable in-building connectivity for Public Safety and mobile phone communications.  Along with our Land Mobile Radio and Intelligent Transportation System divisions, we excel at providing reliable solutions for mission critical data and communications.

The Safer Buildings Coalition is an independent, not-for-profit organization providing thought leadership and education focused on advancing policies, ideas, and technologies that ensure effective in-building communications capabilities for public safety personnel and the people they serve.

The Safer Buildings Coalition focuses on ensuring that every manner of communication inside buildings that would be useful during an emergency is available and functions correctly, when and where needed:

  • Public must be able to dial 911 and be quickly and accurately located
  • Mass Notification Texts must be received
  • First Responder Communications, Including Land Mobile Radio and Smartphone / Cellular enabled services, must function where and when needed

“Safer Buildings Coalition relies on industry leaders like Communications Electronics to provide best of breed subject matter expertise to our work efforts”, said John Foley, General Manager for the Safer Buildings Coalition. “We are enormously grateful for the commitment and support of our members, and we are very excited to have access to the unique skill sets and knowledge that Communications Electronics offers our Community of Practice.”

Michael Cassell, CE’s In-Building CTO adds “We are so excited to partner with the Safer Buildings Coalition simply because we share a common mission – to connect people in the moments that matter.  Partnering with the Coalition allows us to work with like-minded organizations to use current wireless communications technologies to serve our communities. We look forward to working with Safer Buildings Coalition and all of our partners to make a difference for emergency responders.”

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Hi, I’m Clay Kobernick. Imagine you’re a firefighter in a burning building. You discover two people trapped in the stairwell, unconscious. You radio your crew to ask for help carrying them to safety. Unfortunately, there’s no signal coverage in the stairwell, and your message can’t get through. With no way to communicate with your crew or command, your job just became significantly more difficult and dangerous.

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