If you have you ever flown on an airplane, you may not have realized that you heard a very important leadership lesson while you were sitting in your seat waiting to take off. You are probably reading this thinking, “What leadership lesson could I possibly learn sitting in my seat on an airplane?”
Each time you get on an airplane, the flight attendants get up and go through a list of the safety features on the plane. They explain the overhead breathing masks, life jackets, and that your seat cushion can be used as a floatation device.
The key leadership phrase comes in the statement, “Oxygen and the air pressure are always being monitored. In the event of a decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, secure the elastic band behind your head, and breathe normally. Although the bag does not inflate, oxygen is flowing to the mask. If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person.”