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F E A T U R E
Jam Model of
The commonalities between good drivers
and good leaders
by Burt Reynolds, MBS, CCSP
eadership is one of those subjects on which
everyone has an opinion; ask 10 people and get 11
different answers. Every leader has his or her own
way to define the subject and every manager and supervisor
searches those definitions to find one they can understand
and interpret for themselves. However, if you are a front-line
supervisor, you may not speak the same language as your
president; therefore, his or her personal account of leadership
might not work for you. As a result, you are left searching
other definitions and trying to determine whether you have
These categories may be indicative of
your role in your organization. Think
about those same questions phrased
in a business context:
1. you the employee who finds that
one job and stays there throughout
2. you the employee who
pressures colleagues, thinking that
will make them move faster?
3. you the employee who quickly
moves from job to job or from
project to project, thinking that will
help you get to the top faster?
4. are you the employee who
observes the current situation
and uses that information to make
what it takes to become an effective leader.
Good drivers (and good leaders) are
strategic in their decision making.
Since most of us drive vehicles, the
next time you are behind the wheel,
put yourself in one of four categories:
Good leaders watch the road ahead and
anticipate. I don't mean the car in front,
I mean two cars ahead, three cars, to
the next hill or the horizon - as far
down the road as they can see. The car
directly in front of them is still in their
line of sight, and the good leader can
1. you the driver who gets in one
lane and stays there for the duration
of your trip?
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2. you the driver who rides the
bumper of the car in front of you?
3. you the driver who weaves in
and out of traffic?
4. are you the driver who reads the
other cars on the road and makes
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2015
Pain on the Train
Transportation Funding Preview
The Real Key to the Driver Shortage – Creating a Better Environment for Drivers
FSA’s Annual Conference
Cleaning Up Aisle 6
How Are Honeybees Doing?
A Traffic Jam Model of Leadership
Afraid to Admit That You Don’t Understand Social Media?
Index of Advertisers
Food Shippers of America - Spring/Summer 2015