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Secretary Gates Strengths And Weaknesses

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The two featured articles had opposing positions on Secretary Gates. Finel's article shows him failing as a strategic leader; while Boot's showcases a more positive image of his accomplishments in the position. As I look to identify his strengths and weaknesses, using the strategic leadership competencies in the SLP, I feel that his greatest strength was problem management and his greatest weakness was negotiation. Secretary Gates has many strengths, but problem management was the one that seems most dominant. In his 4 1/2 year tenure as Secretary of Defense, he demonstrated that he could handle difficult problems swiftly. Whether it was pushing for improved equipment on the battlefield (such as unmanned aerial vehicles or MRAPs) that
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