The Leadership Traits Of The United States Army And A Decorated War

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The leader defined in this paper is Major Richard “Dick” Winters, (January 21, 1918 – January 2, 2011). Major Winters was an officer in the United States Army and a decorated war veteran. He is best known for commanding Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, during World War II, eventually being promoted to the rank of Major in command of the entire 2nd Battalion. As first lieutenant, Major Winters parachuted into Normandy in the early hours of D-Day, June 6th, 1944, and fought across France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and eventually Germany. (Major Richard "Dick" Winters) The leadership traits that Major Winters exemplified during those horrific years are extraordinary and vast. This humble paper is in an effort to characterize which leadership traits made him so highly regarded. Using concepts brought through by Northouse’s, Introduction to Leadership, there will be a clear picture as to why he was chosen for this leadership profile. In analyzing Major Winter’s leadership style a few concepts come to mind from Northouse’s book. One of which is “The Task-Oriented Style verses the Relationship-Oriented Style”. Major Winter’s was a balance between task and relationship orientated style. The task part of his style is shown in “initiating structure”. He maintained the administrative structure that the Army had initiated throughout the entire war, even when days were at their bleakest. He followed the chain of command

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