My story is of accountability, learned at the very young age of five, when my oldest brother Mark; a Wide Receiver for Ara Parseghian on the storied Notre Dame football team died in a tragic accident that impacted my family for years to come. Lessons learned from this tragedy forward, helped shape my leadership acumen.
Elite U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard
After High School I joined the elite U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard; assigned to President Ronald Reagan’s White House staff and Arlington National Ceremony. I participated in several State dinners, ceremonies and more than 3000 military funerals and escorts. I even had the privilege of flying on Air Force One and was pictured in Newsweek Magazine.
As a street cop, I quickly learned that having the Authority to act and then taking Action; holding citizen’s Accountable provided me the basis for leading and supervising in a way that was simple. I quickly learned it was also an easily teachable and a transferable skill to others. Becoming an international accountability keynote speaker and trainer was the obvious choice for me.
Now with more than two decades as a Police Officer, Patrol and Detective Sergeant I’ve led a variety of teams and units including; robbery/homicide, gang and sex crime teams. With several years now as a senior leader in the federal law enforcement arena, I’ve sharpened those skills and have been presenting them around the globe.
Two Tragic Days
It wasn’t until not one, but two of my employees chose suicide as a final solution; leaving me to wonder what I had missed. My story although inspiring has come with many life lessons. It has allowed me lead in the most difficult of times. I realized that every leader and employee must understand the three tenants of Authority=Action=Accountability of which the success of any organization requires everyone to adhere to.
Observing humanity at its worst, I have become a proponent for simply telling people what they need to hear, not necessarily what they want to hear. As a society we have become offended by the most insignificant actions or words and we as leaders or managers have become too frightened to properly lead and win. As employees we have become accustomed to waiting for the missteps of leadership . What have we become?
I’m on a mission to help organizations build dream teams, one behavior at a time. If learning the true meaning of being accountability; book Matthew Brandt-The Accountability Cop now!