Leadership Challenges In Colin Powell's 18 Lessons In Leadership

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It is important to remember that, having that title of ‘leader’, comes with its own set of responsibilities and challenges. We must do our due diligence in ensuring we do our best to create an environment, which promotes change. In reading Colin Powell’s 18 Lessons in Leadership, I learned that I can relate to many of his principles in one way or another. However, the three principles I chose were the principles that I believe I identified with the most. These principles, not only pertain to my military profession as a leader and mentor, but they also translate to my civilian profession as well. In my civilian profession, I work as a Senior Social Worker in child protective services. My job is to help reunify and/or preserve the family in an …show more content…
Plans don’t accomplish anything either. Theories of management don’t much matter. Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved. Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds’. Though organization and planning may help direct a path, people are what gets things done, from the idea to the finishing product. It is important to me to mold and shape my soldiers. I encourage them to do their very best at all times. This is a philosophy that I personally live by. If you give your best, daily, you are able to acknowledge shortcomings without feeling incompetent. This allows you to do what is expected of you, identify areas of improvement, and build upon those areas, which lead to accomplishing deeds. I also find this lesson to be true when working with my families in my civilian profession. As a team, we can do all the planning, have all the meetings, set up all the services, but that means nothing if the individual doesn’t take the necessary steps needed to accomplish the goal(s). If there is no acknowledging that there is a problem, then (prospectively) there is nothing which needs to be changed. It’s almost impossible to put a plan in motion when the key players are …show more content…
Don’t chase the latest fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team’s mission’. I am a true believer in tailoring ideas, interventions, etc. to the individual or the situation. Trying to apply cookie cutter approaches leads to time wasted and limited (if any) improvement or progress. With my soldiers, I learn them; how they operate, their strengths, their weaknesses, and I go from there. Regarding my civilian profession, I learn my families. I identify their strengths and weaknesses as a whole and as individuals in an effort to help develop goals and formulate steps to achieve those

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