CAVITE – Leading is not an easy task as it may seem, Police Regional Office XIII Director PBGen. Gilberto Dela Cruz Cruz said.
“Leadership is not easy. If it was, everyone would be a leader”, PBGen Cruz told the corps of cadets, officers and other PNPA constituents in today’s traditional Monday Flag Raising Ceremony at Philippine National Police Academy.
Leading men and women is a long process of Transformation.
The official first cited that to be a good leader, one must invest on himself/herself in gaining knowledge, skills and character. “If you want to have a deep impact on what matters to you, invest in yourself fully. Never get tired and always keep going,” Cruz said. “You learn today and you will lead tomorrow. Grasp all the skills and knowledge while you are here, invest in your character.” As a leader, be relevant or be of the know.
“You will undoubtedly endure many difficult days but like fire refines a precious metal, so too these hardships will help you become stronger individuals”, he added as he points that resiliency against all challenges is also important.
“A place of leadership is a place of great responsibility. For a leader’s faith is on public display, the responsibility of a leader to live in that faith is a great weight.” Pointing out that the people a leader seeks to influence are aware of his actions, Gen Cruz stressed that action and example are the key components of leadership. “In the simplest sense, we shall walk our talk.”
In the long run of being a leader, he also mentioned about committing mistakes however, learning lessons from them. “Making a mistake is not the same as failing. A failure is a result of a wrong action, whereas a mistake usually is the wrong action. So, when you make a mistake, you can learn from it and fix it, whereas you can only learn from a failure.”
Further, he advised the audience not to forget God whose plans are always on time. “Above all, never forget that we have an omnipresent and omniscient God. He has perfect timing”.
PBGen Cruz is an officer who received numerous prestigious national awards such as the Presidential Dangal ng Bayan Award in 1993 by the Civil Service Commission, Ten Outstanding Policemen of the Philippines in 1998, Country’s Outstanding Policeman in Service in 2007 by the Metrobank Foundation and Rotary Club of New Manila East, Achievement for Continuing Excellence in Service or ACES in 2013 by the Metrobank Foundation, and a three time PNPA Lakan Awardee. Also, during his assignment in Laguna PPO, PRO4A in 2012, the regional office was awarded the best provincial office.
In his final words; General Cruz urge the cadet corps to learn from an Eagle, follow the seven 7 leadership principles /lessons from an Eagle. One, Eagles fly alone and at high altitude. Stay away from narrow minded people, those that bring you down. Keep God company. Two, Eagles have an accurate vision. Remain focus regardless of the obstacles. Three, Eagles do not eat dead prey. Do not rely on your past accomplishments, look for new frontiers. Four, Eagles love the storm. Achievers are not afraid of challenges. Five, when female eagle meets male eagle, she tests him for commitments. Test the people around you, personal or professional life. Six, Eagles prepare for training. Leave your comfort zone, there is no growth there. Seven, when Eagles grow old they hurt themselves for new feathers. We need to shed old habits, things that burden us adds no value to our life.