Importance Of A Legacy Leader

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What is a Legacy Leader? FM 6-22 defines leadership as “the process of influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation while operating to accomplish the mission and improving the organization.” When you become a leader of Soldiers you are giving the opportunity to develop and mold future leaders. A legacy leader to me is someone who has the ability to get you to follow regardless to how you feel about the situation. My legacy leader influential ability went far beyond his duty as a leader. My legacy leader is 2LT Justin L. Sisson.
Legacy Leader 2LT Justin L. Sisson
My legacy leader is a true hero. 2LT Justin L. Sisson, was one of the most influential leaders I have ever met. He was everything a legacy leader should be,
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2LT Sisson articulated that one of the first things I need to change was my attitude towards the situation. I was letting facts outweigh reality which was only extubating my situation. I was an NCO. I needed to reassert myself and not let the opinions of others affect my leadership abilities. He shared previous knowledge and experience and was able to change my perspective. Hearing his opinion mattered to me.
When the unit arrived in Afghanistan, I still secluded myself. I kept my head down and did what I was told to do. 2LT Sisson came up to me after realizing what I was doing. I listened to him, but I was passive and avoiding conflict. He took action right away. He talked to me about his observations and what I could do to stop avoiding members of my unit. He put together a lunch and invited everyone, myself included.
While at the lunch, 2LT Sisson talked about subjects he knew I had an opinion on to get me to talk. I did not want to, but I did not want to disappoint him either. Reluctantly, I talked, laughed, and enjoyed other members of my unit. I completely changed my attitude. I was able to identify with others outside of my comfort zone. He took an issue and truly got to the heart of it, followed up, and achieved a result. An example of what every leader needs to strive to

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