My philosophy of leadership is to empower the “team” and value each individual, encouraging and helping them to visualize opportunities, and helping to make each work day interesting and fun. A leader is a proactive, collaborative problem-solver. By acknowledging my commitment to professionalism, the YLD scholarship recognition will benefit my department and will impact others to lead by my positive influence. I can provide greater direction and balance the higher I go in my organization and in the Fire Service. I will continue to train and lead.