Personal Definition Of Leadership Styles

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1. Leadership is literally defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, as “the power or ability to lead other people.” While that definition is accurate, it does not define what makes a good leader and/or leadership style due to the fact that successful leadership, in my opinion, is subjective. My personal definition of leadership is “a person’s ability to accurately assess their team members’ needs and adapt their direction style in order to effectively influence them to enthusiastically accomplish a task or goal.”

2 Through out my career I have had the fortunate opportunity to be led by numerous types of leadership styles. I purposely chose the word fortunate because while some of those supervisors/superiors at the time was almost unbearable to work for or with, it was those experiences that taught me what I should not incorporate into my leadership style. I think it is important to remember that there is a fine line between supervisor/superior and leader. The following three people have changed my view of what it means to be a successful leader. The order they are in is on purpose as my exposure to their style helped me develop and influence how I interacted with the next person listed.

A) Berlin Gabretti, CWO2, my husband and leadership mentor - When I first met Berlin I was a junior petty officer reservist that was serving on an extended active duty contract. I had been on active duty for two years already and my previous supervisor had a tendency for a high

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