Leadership Styles And Leadership Style Essay

1483 Words Jul 18th, 2016 6 Pages
1. In Reference (a), Webster’s dictionary defines leadership as “the power or ability to lead other people.” However, I characterize leadership as an individual’s guidance to others through a balance of action and communication. A leader cannot ask of others something he/she is unwilling to do his/herself. Coast Guard units are only as strong as their weakest link and leaders must work to identify strengths and weaknesses. Once identified, strengths can be used to help improve the areas of weakness. In order for leadership to be effective, a leader must provide verbal and nonverbal communication to followers and set the standard with his/her behavior. I have been fortunate in my career to have experienced many positive examples of leaders to help structure my leadership style although mediocre and substandard leaders can be just as affecting on a leadership style by highlighting what not to do. When I was stationed as a First Class at NESU Alameda, I had two Chiefs that played a significant role in developing my leadership style. The one Chief laid out all his expectations for newly reported members during his check-in meeting and then reiterated those expectations during mid-mark counseling sessions. There was no gray area to be left up to varying interpretations. When it was time for counseling for evaluations, my Chief would draft justification statements for each category even if it was below the mark of “7”. He used this information to counsel us on our…

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