I’m sure if some one who knows me well where to be asked about my style of communication, I’m positive they would reply nine times out of ten with assertive. I currently serve in the United States Army; I have a total of 12 years of active military service. I started out as private, lowest man on the totem pole. Since then, I have had the opportunity to serve as a United States Airborne Paratrooper (Jumpmaster), Drill Sergeant, Warrant Officer, and now a second lieutenant in the transportation field.
The Army, like many organizations is all about people, communicating, motivating, and leading people. I believe I have used at on time or another all three styles of communication. Either because of my lack of maturity at any given time, self-control, time allotted to deal with people and or the situation.
There is know doubt in my mind, I started my adult professional life utilizing predominately the passive style of communication. In retrospect, I believe this was due to leaving home working for the first time own my own with out the help of my grandparents or friends. In addition, the war with Iraq was about to start, so I was all about listening to my leaders, believing what they told me, and trying to be a part of the team. AS time went own, I became more confident in my ability to do my job and I also had the experience of a major war under my belt; I was no longer the new kid on the block.
Paratrooper are somewhat taught to be aggressive in every thing they do; work, play, fight harder, and longer than any two average persons put together. I guess, you could say I became cocky and daring. I knew I was the best and the soldiers I trained where the best in company and at times the battalion. My platoon sergeant, first sergeant, and company commander were the only people who could tell me anything at the time; that is the way all the young. However, I believe around this time I started to...