Leadership Style Of A First Patrol Boat

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1. Webster’s Dictionary defines leadership as “the action of leading a group of people or an organization”. That definition does the word no justice as leadership can look like a great many things to different people, and there are equally as many ways to lead. A leader can lead through fear or respect, by word or by action. Numerous leaders have influenced my career and leadership style to this point. Most notably, the Chief of my first Patrol Boat was one of the biggest influences I have experienced in my career. He conveyed confidence, empowered his people, and exuded the charisma to inspire people to want to be better, if nothing else, to not disappoint him. Simultaneously, he demonstrated the ability to hold people accountable, and…show more content…
I struggle to include the feedback of other both during and after a decision making process. I also struggle with setting concrete plans and achievable milestones. I have also never really sat down and established what I wanted my personal leadership philosophy to embody, and evaluate whether I am projecting those qualities.
2. To become a more effective leader, I must first make strides on asking others for feedback. That is the element that seems to be instantly recognizable in self-evaluation. Recent results from the Kouzes and Posner Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) survey reinforce that assessment. This category was my lowest score across self and peer evaluation. I even received feedback from supervisors and co-workers stating the need to seek more feedback. I openly admit to being a skeptic. I learned at a young age to question everything. However, I have not been as forthcoming in allowing others to question and contribute. I also have a tendency to have a very small circle of trust. There have been a very finite number of people that I have truly valued their opinions. At this point in my career, I am surrounded by experts in their fields, who know more about many elements than myself. Additionally, numerous years of working in law enforcement and emergency response have conditioned me to make rapid decisions. This process involves hot washes where the team analyzes those decisions after the event has concluded. It is prudent
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