While I sit here and try to reflect on my life and come up with a solid story of leadership, the only person that comes to mind is my former boss Mark. I have had several bosses, but none of them have affected my life the way he has.
In 2009, I was unemployed and trying to find a way to pay bills. They were piling up and I started to feel like I was drowning. I went to a temp agency and was told that they had an assignment available, but it would only last one month.
I was hesitant, but I had nothing to lose, so I accepted it. My new boss, Mark, seemed okay at first, but I wasn't sure that I was ready for a boss that was actually easygoing AND eager to help me get the job done.
One thing that makes this story of leadership different is the fact that I cannot say that Mark knows how great he truly is. After a few weeks on the job, he noticed my potential and offered me a position that was far above my skill set and pay grade. When I seemed confused by it, he said that he knows I was ready even if I didn't.
After training for my new position, we found out that no one else would be hired in the near future due to some budget cuts. I was aggravated and hurt by this, but Mark told me to email him periodically and he would let me know when the hiring freeze was over.
People have told me things like this before, but they do not usually follow through. This is not how things turned out for me at all. Not only did Mark continue to email me updates monthly for over a year, but he let me know as soon as there was an available position.
Before going in for an interview, I told him that I had a felony record and I would probably have issues. He vowed to fight for me and do everything he could to help. I was tentatively given the job and told that I had to wait for the results of my background check.
The very next day I got a call from HR and the news was not good I wasn't able to secure the position because of my record. That was three years ago and Mark still continues to email me periodically. He says that next year when I am eligible for my record to be expunged the job is all mine.
Not only is this a story of leadership, but it is the tale of a man that has done everything in his power to keep his word to me. Not only did he look at me as more than just a claims clerk, he looked at me like someone that actually mattered to him.
I am not sure of what the future holds for Mark, but I am hoping that he has nothing but luck in life. After showing me the kind of guy he is, I am certain that he deserves it many times over.
Thank you and May God bless you!
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