The United States Air Force Requires Leadership At All Levels

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Without question, the United States Air Force requires leadership at all levels. If I aim to always maintain a contributing role as a leader, I must examine what I bring to the table as a current member of the team. I then must examine specific areas for improvement concerning any weaknesses. These weaknesses must be accompanied by a long-term plan; a “vision,” that can become reality in the next three to five years. Fortunately, my list could be longer, as I do have some strengths concerning my own leadership abilities. Presently, I am the type of leader whose cognitive preference dictates a need for moderate levels of structure when working on a team. I am more of an adaptor than innovator. It is not to say I am incapable of…show more content…
A great leader will recognize his or her own flaws and aim to overcome each with time. Not only that, but you have to reach specific targets in order to be able to say you’ve reached anything at all. I plan to improve my leadership effectiveness by fixating on my own weaknesses, taking into account the perspectives of my subordinates, peers, and supervisors, and aiming to eradicate each. In order to lead others better, there are two specific areas I must commit focus to in the next three to five years. My first weakness is dictated by the perspectives of my supervisors. As leaders in their own right, they require a certain level of commitment concerning military ethics. Unfortunately, my current actions can sometimes dictate that they have the right to view me as a leader more concerned with social norms. This is the flaw called “ethical relativism.” As an example, if it is cold outside, I am less likely to correct an Airman for clearly violating the dress-and-appearance standard dictating hands shall not remain in the pockets of your uniform. Social norms imply this to be an effective way to warm the hands. However, military regulation clearly declares the exact opposite, and it can be referenced to a specific line in a regulation. When I fail to correct this behavior in this type of situation, my supervisors view it as an inability to enforce standards. The issue here is,
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