The Chief Officer Academy ( Cpoa )

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The Chief Petty Officer Academy (CPOA) provides Chiefs with an opportunity to learn new ways to understand their people and themselves. By using the tools provided by CPOA and reflecting on the lessons learned I will continue to grow myself into the best possible leader that I can be for Coat Guard (CG). Our time spent here at the CPOA gives us a chance to develop ourselves like no other time in our career, but only if we buy in. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Assessment allowed use to learn something about personality preferences while the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) allows use to receive unfiltered constructive feedback form over coworkers. The LPI survey we conducted before arriving to CPOA was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my career. I don’t really care for having to brag on myself while conducting my yearly evaluations, the LPI challenged me in this same way to take a good hard look at myself and answer questions about my leadership style. Additionally, I had to do this while knowing that my supervisors, peers, and subordinates were going to take the same survey about me. I believe what surprised me the most about the results of the survey is that my coworkers thought more highly of me then I did of myself. I learned that this is common when conducting these types of surveys because people tend to undervalue themselves so I was not alone. While that section was a surprise the written comments were not so much. I have the benefit of

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