My leadership style is “when in charge, take charge.” The concept is simplistic as stated; however, the person who endorses this statement must have a rational approach when executing it. As a minimum, this rational approach must be based on individual values, skill sets, and personal experiences. My first four years of military service were in the United States Marine Corps and the last twenty were in the United States Army. The Corps instills the “when in charge, take charge” attitude from the first day of boot camp. I started my Army career as a Specialist (E-4), but because of prior service I was immediately thrust into positions of authority. Thankfully, the Army also provided me with the seven values (two of which I write about in this paper) that supported my leadership style. As a Marine I quickly realized that success depended on how well you could lead small teams, squads, and platoons (which is where I ended my Marine Corps service). The strength of my style is that it’s tried and true, it works. Conversely, some would consider it archaic by today’s standards. At the time of my Marine service I was more often than not directed to get tasks completed without much more than a “do it.” In a time when most Marines in the Air Wing were getting promoted to Sergeant in 4 ½ to 5 years, I was promoted to Sergeant in 3 ½ years. One of these promotions was meritoriously. The only critical weakness of this style at the time was the concept of “absolute power corrupts absolutely.” During my 20 years in the Army, I’ve learned the seven Army values, and I consider two of them essential. They are selfless service and loyalty. I define selfless service as doing your duty without thought of recognition or gain. I ask of myself and my employees to go a little further, endure a little longer, and look a little closer to see how we can all be value added. As a take-charge leader, I readily accept that there are going to be instances where...
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