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First of all leader is not a title; so to have to have rank to be a leader is non-factual. Leadership can be built from the ground up, regardless of title, but having a title may push people to become better leaders. I did not fully understand the importance of leadership until I became the Deputy SWAT Commander. You can be a leader on shift and on scene, but to be truly responsible for individuals is a different story. I have become a better leader with rank, but that does not mean it always has to work that way.
LT. Drew LeBlanc MACJ, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office