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Travis Topolski

My greatest leadership quality is my ability to have my attitude, positivity, and sense of calm in the chaos replicated by those around me. A leader’s behavior is contagious and the unit he/she is charged with leading will take on a large portion of the leader’s personality. Even as trained officers and operators, people have an inherent biological response to high-stress situations. Having the ability to remain calm, provide clear, concise tasks, and maintain composure will ripple throughout everyone present during this significant event. The visible sense of calm that starts to reappear in everyone allows them to fight through the biological stress response, refocus, and make the best decisions possible.