Meet Parole Agent III Martin Figueroa, who prefers to go by Fig. Fig is a current EML student and has dedicated his career to servant leadership. Fig aided in the implementation of the first Peer Reentry Navigation Network (PRNN) in the state of California, a program to help long-term inmates and lifers navigate the challenges of re-entering society.
EML teaches us all aspects of leadership. We begin the program concentrating on our individual leadership styles and then build into strategies for the organization and beyond. We ask ourselves the hard questions of what is leadership and how can we be the best version of ourselves in a leadership role. We discuss how to build on what we know and challenge ourselves to realize there is always more to learn.
Recognizing opportunities for ourselves to be challenged and make change is important to assure our lives evolve professionally and personally. We often recite the EML mantra that we should be “comfortable being uncomfortable”.
The EML program foundational learning is centered on transformational and transactional leadership through a process of understanding internal strengths and challenges that guide and influence actions. The EML program provides a curriculum with a conceptual and experiential framework that informs ways of thinking that can address and solve complex work and human capital issues. Many graduates and current EML students have, no doubt, recognized and internalized the importance of supporting and managing their largest organizational asset: human capital. COVID-19 has challenged our personal and professional lives in ways many of us could not have previously imagined and forced us to reckon with our own concern for safety while fostering a community that embraces the safety of others.
I started with the City of El Segundo in 2017, just six months after completing EML. The City of El Segundo maintains an All-Hazards Incident Management Team. We are arguably the smallest jurisdiction in the country to have such a team. Without EML, I do not believe I would have had the leadership skills to influence the city leadership to commit the time and resources necessary to build such a team. It is pretty amazing that the preparedness of El Segundo is intrinsically tied to the success of the EML program.