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General George S. Patton: Leadership Analysis

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General George S. Patton, known for his command of the Third Army during World War II and for his unyielding toughness and blunt demeanor, said, " I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but by how high he bounces when he hits bottom." Using this principle as a guide, in my vision statement I will be discussing where I am now as a leader, how I want to improve over the next 5 years, how I wish to be perceived, and how that change will affect my subordinates, peers, and supervisors. I will be utilizing the Four I's, Reflective Thinking, Dr. Toners Six Tests, Diagnosing Organizational Needs, and the trust, information, power, and options (TIPO) model from Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) distance learning course material to facilitate…show more content…
In every other principle, Reflective Thinking is an implicit requirement, to be the leader I wish to be I must act and not be acted upon. The first impact that Reflective Thinking will have, is to transform the management style I am comfortable with, from MBE, to utilizing the Four I's. Incorporating the Four I's will be a gradual process, because it will involve changing how I interact with subordinates, peers, and supervisors in relation to my conflict management style and charisma. Again, this will be a deliberate process, as I incorporate learned skills such as developing deliberate development plans and alter my whole character. The desire to improve my subordinates, peers, and supervisors will, of course, not necessarily change them overnight or possibly at all. Through this deliberate process and as I develop as a leader and into a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) will involve conflict and necessitate negotiation. Once confrontations present themselves it is easy to make snap decisions and demand resolution. However, this is not the leader I want to be, to successfully navigate a negotiation I will have to be prepared with the knowledge, this is the TIPO framework. I use the word framework deliberately, again reflective thinking comes into play as TIPO requires me to understand the situation before engaging in the negotiation
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