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18360 Trevor Kraus – CWAdO, 1992: ” It was an opportune time to learn about leadership and make mistakes before leading troops.”

18360 Trevor Kraus

18360 Trevor Kraus – CWAdO, 1992

Another in our series of articles concerning Cadet Wing Headquartes from back in the day. This Issue 18360 Trevor Kraus – CWAdO, 1992 has been kind in sharing a few of his experiences.

During his tenure, the DCdts was LCol Paul Mansbridge and the Comdt was BGen Jean Boyle.

“The particular memory that I recall is working with the College Chief Clerk when I learned a valuable lesson.  She said that leaders generally want to do the right thing under various circumstances; however, when you put something in writing there is an obligation to respond.  Part of leadership is accountability and sometimes a written “nudge” has helped in some cases.

There was not key person per sea; however, I took in many lessons by observing various people through their actions.  The one lesson learned that has always stuck out throughout my career is to follow-up when someone asks you something and you say you will get back to them.  This “little” gesture of actually getting back to someone is extremely important in building trust with leadership because often people say they will get back and never do.  Trust is earned not given based upon rank or position.

Working within CWHQ was an opportunity to view the college from a different perspective beyond that of a single squadron.  The highlight was to be able to represent the college at various events both outside of the college which was sometimes a unique opportunity only given to CWHQ cadets.  This experience at an early age facilitated my later military career and then post military career when called upon to meet foreign dignitaries and other high profile people.

Overall it was a good experience with lots of good memories.  It was an opportune time to learn about leadership and make mistakes before leading troops.  Equally it was a time to push yourself further than you ever thought possible. Looking back some nearly 30 years ago from first setting foot on the college, the mindset of “getting shit done”, doing it well the first time, earning respect and relationships with a culmination of developing a leadership mindset were amongst some of the best leadership lessons I see today were taught at RMC.”