Over a period of three days I read the quote “To whom much is given, much is expected.” in three different books and magazine articles. I believe the quote is from the bible but please do not quote me on that. Every time I read the quote I reflected on a variety of issues including how it applies to educators and trainers in law enforcement, or any profession for that matter.
As trainers we are given much. You are given:
- The opportunity to share your skills, knowledge and experience with others.
- The power to influence behaviors and attitudes through the lessons you teach.
- The ability to save lives through the training you deliver.
- The ability to influence others through your example.
- The opportunity to lead.
- The opportunity to mentor.
- The opportunity to do something you are passionate about.
- Extra training.
With this comes great expectations:
- The expectation of accountability.
- The expectation that you will give the best you have every time you teach.
- The expectation that you will prepare yourself and the material you will present.
- The expectation that you will strive to continually improve your skills and knowledge.
- The expectation that you will continually strive to have your students be the best they can be.
- The expectation that you will set your ego aside and do what is best for your students.
- The expectation that you will always focus on What’s Important Now.
- The expectation that you will always be professional in your appearance and demeanor.
To whom much is given, much is expected. Eight words – one powerful message for all trainers.