Hurricane Harvey Leadership Style Analysis

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In the face of calamity, the cry for leadership rings more a screech. As the rain came pouring down over coastal Texas at the end of last month, mother nature surely produced the most ideal conditions for a leadership situation. Hurricane Harvey, the wettest tropical storm to hit the contiguous United States, inundated cities like Houston and Beaumont and put Texas Governor Greg Abbott in a rather sink or swim locus to lead through difficult circumstances (Alvarez). This essay will examine the exchange of Governor Abbott’s leadership style with the effected Texan residents through analyzing numerous New York Times articles and placing the governor on Hersey and Blanchard’s Leadership II model. To begin, the National Hurricane Center saw that Harvey was quickly approaching hurricane status the morning of Thursday, August 24, gaining power quickly as it continued through the Gulf of Mexico (Alvarez). Within the following two days, tropical storm Harvey matured into the strongest hurricane to hit the United States in the past decade, colliding into the Texan Gulf Coast and flooding the fourth most populous city with on average forty inches of rainfall (Alvarez). Early on Harvey’s timeline, many Texan residents, watching the storms development, shrugged the storm’s prowess off; the media simply …show more content…
In a recent study studying leadership within emergency situations, it was concluded that, “when levels of complexity, time pressure, and task load rise, vertical leadership structures can fail since even the most competent formal leader cannot cope with the large amount of leadership tasks required by himself or herself anymore” (Bienefeld and Grote 272). Perhaps the governor was so overwhelmed that he failed to see the bigger picture, painted by Mayor Turner, and rather than

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