June 16, 2014
University of Phoenix
Leadership Style According to Reh (2014), a leader is a “person who has a vision, a drive and a commitment to achieve that vision, and the skills to make it happen” (para. 2). I want to be a leader; however I must understand my leadership style at this moment to understand where I am at, where I want to be, and what I need to do to get there. Raines (2014) states “your style defines your values and perspective, and being aware of it will aid your communication with those you work with” (para. 1). For the purpose of this paper I have chosen former President Bill Clinton as a leader that I admire. I will analyze his leadership style to identify characteristics and will provide specific examples of leadership qualities that I believe contributed to his success. I will finally examine my leadership style and offer ideas and plans for improving my effectiveness as a leader based on my work with my mentor.
Bill Clinton Former President Bill Clinton is a transformational style leader. A transformational leader garners “trust, respect, and admiration from their followers” (Cherry, 2014, para. 4). President Clinton started his path to great leadership at the age of 13 when he became a comic book entrepreneur (Florida, 2013, para. 1). He learned that he could support himself and that gave him a confidence in himself that stays with him to this day. The qualities that I see in President Clinton that make him an excellent transformational leader is that people really do trust and admire him. When asked to describe his leadership style he states “explain where we are and decide where we want to go. Figure out how to get there, get good people and trust them to do the job as long as they’re competent, realistic, and flexible when change is required” (Florida, 2013, para. 10). He also believes that the main skills necessary to motivate a team
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