Introduction In today’s world, leaders are not defined by age, race or gender. They can be a high school basketball coach, the shift supervisor at the local coffee shop, or even the President of the United States of America. In as many ways that leaders can vary by appearance and responsibility, there is also a variance in the ways that they lead. This case study aims to compare three of the more popular theories of leadership. These leadership theories are situational leadership, trait theory and transformational leadership.
This shows how respected he was among the Washington staff. This also shows the competence, candor, and integrity Powell posses throughout his term in Washington D.C. Colin Powell continues to advance through the ranks and through the staff jobs he was appointed to. He then served as senior military aide to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, helping to coordinate the invasion of Granada and the bombing of Libya (Biography.com, 2010). To help coordinate these attacks would have to take great courage, because there’s always a chance of casualties. He commits to these plans and excels with both operations.
Colin Powell’s first principle was something I deal with daily. Working in food service for over 24 years you learn that you cannot make everyone happy. Since 2011, I have been the Food Program Manager for the INARNG. I approve or disapprove rations requests for all the Indiana Army National Guard units and submit their requests to the state approved contracted vendor. The vendor has a timeline to which they can process the orders and work with their vendors to get ration items into their warehouse. The State Food Service SOP specifies the timelines for ration requests when using the Army Food Management System (AFMIS). If a unit does not meet the time requirements for our state vendor, then I will disapprove the request. I will give the unit limited choices for other types of rations, usually Tailored Operational Training
Colin Powell left a lasting influence on America by illustrating favorable choices. He was an accomplished man. From influencing the army to government decisions, he truly changed America for the better.
Synthesis Essay – Colin Powell MSgt Cory L. Shipp Class 17A Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy 21 November 2016 Colin Powell Most people recognize Colin Powell as one of the most admired and popular leaders of our time. Often times in leadership you will not always be popular or admired, so what makes this leader different? It was those core values ingrained in him at early age by his parents that would shape him as a future leader (Koltz & Powell, 2012). As with any great leader he’s had his fair share of trials and tribulations, but like an infantry officer he continued to press forward. Colin Powell has been a visionary and ethical leader since the early days of Persian Gulf to Washington’s corridors (Roth, 1993). Throughout my research he has become a personal inspiration for me due to his ability to inspire and motivate those around him. Let’s take a brief look into his background to provide a better understanding of his leadership style.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” (John Quincy Adams). Growing up under a founding father, John Quincy Adams perceived leadership as a responsibility to inspire others rather than a position in which one simply has power over others. John Quincy Adams observed his father John Adams, who took upon a great responsibility to inspire an entire nation; a nation that is now known for freedom and opportunity. John Adam’s inspiration has come a long way, as he had the ability to lead a nation into success rather than tarnish the beauty of it. Collaborative leadership in an authoritative manner, which was seen in John Adams, is what drives one to success, as a leader should be open-minded
Colin Powell has been an influence on the American public since early in his military career, for example, quickly rising up the ranks from second lieutenant to a four star general in the U.S. Army. Kinder and McConnaughy (2006) describes Colin Powell as one of the most youthful African American
Picture this, Fort Benning, Georgia, 1958, a young black lieutenant in the U.S. Army. This lieutenant fought in the same war and on the same battle field as his fellow comrades, but could not sit at the same table and have dinner. This was the life that Colin Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former Secretary of State experienced but later became one of the most respected men in U.S. history. In Powell’s book, It Worked For Me, he talked about his thirteen rules, which are quotes and aphorisms that he lives by. There were two that stood out to me. “It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning” (Koltz, 2012). In an interview with Mark Crumpton from Bloomberg Television, Powell said it really
As a young officer bitter over the Vietnam War, Powell pondered “the what went wrong syndrome … which created a lively ferment.”2 He disagreed with how the war was run and often struggled with “looking to the other for answers that never came conundrums.”3 As a rising strategic leader, Powell was beginning to understand the “implications of the advice given … and the propensity for operating comfortably at the joint, interagency, intergovernment, and multinational levels.”4 He was also starting to grasp from “personal experience; cultural awareness”5,6 the importance of understanding what military objectives are, who sets them and why.
Davila, Epstein, & Shelton, (2013) describe the Seven Rules of Innovation: utilizing strong leadership on the organization’s innovation strategy, integration of innovation, matching innovation to organizational strategy, aligning good management systems in tension between
It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership Review and Analysis Colin Luther Powell was born on April 5th 1937, In New York City. Powell’s was raised by his parents Luther Theophilus Powell and Maud Arial in the South Bronx. He attended Morris High School where he graduated in 1954. In 1958, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in geology from the City College in New York. While attending college Powell joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in the military which he really liked. Upon graduation from college Powell was commissioned into the US Army as a second lieutenant. This is where it he began his fruitful and long career being a part of the US Army as well as a civil servant in the US government. In April 1989, Powell while serving in the US Army was advanced up to the level of four star general. Powell retired from the US Army in September 1993 after a successful career. Powell then served as the secretary of state as well as the national security adviser. Being a part of the US Military is what interested me in the decision to read his book.
Those that follow a transformational leadership framework believe that leaders possess many of the aforementioned qualities, but the focus is on one’s ability to inspire and empower others (Ross, Fitzpatrick, Click, Krouse, & Clavelle, 2014). These leaders literally ‘transform’ their followers by inspiring enthusiasm and performance towards a
Nonetheless, Ron’s democratic leadership style was very useful and beneficial. Democratic leadership style benefits include leading individuals to quicker and easier decision-making by involving all members of a team. Democratic leaders also have the ability to motivate their colleagues. Powell did so by encouraging his employees to participate in devising a plan to set up goals and methods to achieve them by sorting objectives. Motivated employees have a tendency to work effectively individually and within a group. Furthermore, communication improves which gives everyone the opportunity to provide input on a certain issue. Therefore when the leader makes the final decision, based on facts from the team, he/she is able to provide a valid choice.
In this ever growing, rapid developing world as we can see today, there are many different successful leaders. As we know it, leaders are humans just like everyone else. How did they manage to stand out from the crowd? What did they do to achieve great success for an
Maxwell doesn’t claim that there are only 21 principles of leading. His intention through this book is to show what the laws of leadership are. These laws hold true, no matter which field you intend to lead in.