Name: Will Dewilde
Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Colorado Springs Colorado inside a Air Force family that was stationed around the United States. Raised in Colorado, New York, Washington D.C., Virginia and Alabama.
What’s a short story around the biggest transition you’ve faced in life?
One of the most difficult transitions in my Naval career was the same transition many people in Naval Special Warfare and Special Operations struggle with, some make it, others never do. This is the transition from frontline operator to positions of leadership and service to those around you. Many young service members join out of a sense of duty with a thirst for adventure. With time adventure turns to a profession. Once a professional in your field there is a thirst to master your craft, a quest for artistry in your specialties. As you pursue the artistry you move into ranked positions of leadership, these positions are not about adventure and you anymore, the profession becomes a calling. This calling is about taking care of those around you and getting the mission accomplished. This step and transition is perhaps the most difficult for the professional operator to make as it requires you to elevate yourself from the crowd, sometimes remove yourself from the action and lead to serve others. Difficult and sometimes deadly decisions are made that affect others, one must live with them either way. What I have learned through the years in this difficult process to elevate to a calling is all about servant leadership to others and it is far more important and just as satisfying as any other positions I have ever held.
What’s the once piece of advice you’d give a younger you?
Learn Servant Leadership sooner.
Your Personal Why?
To creatively lead, advise and inspire others to pursue and discover possibilities that will change the world.
How does your Why drive you to be a part of the THF Ecosystem?
When you can pursue a profession that gives you autonomy, mastery and purpose as well as having camaraderie with those you work with you have found the ideal space to thrive in. While serving in a position of servant leadership that lets you live your ‘Why’, you are there, and I am as a Team member with THF.
Top 5 Strengths Finder Strengths and how they influence you?
Arranger – A conductor of complex situations.
Learner – Life long learner, tell and show me something I do not know yet.
Individualization – Intrigued by the unique qualities of each person, Emotional Intelligence.
Strategic – Able to see patterns where others see complexity, enables you to sort out a better route.
Input – Inquisitive, collecting, measuring and cataloging everything.
Military Connection or Why do you respect Special Operators?
30+ year NSW SOF veteran.
Favorite THF Value, and why?
Pursuing Artistry, you are never better than someone on this earth at any given time. Learning to better yourself to help others around you everyday while in the pursuit of Artistry gives you purpose.
Area/Industry of expertise: As a former senior executive inside Naval Special Warfare I am humbled to Team up with THF to move the THF mission down the field for others in the future as a Servant Leader and Mentor.
Contact Will directly at email@example.com.