Leadership Changes Depending On The Groups Essay

1968 Words Dec 10th, 2014 8 Pages
Leadership changes depending on the groups that you are involved in. In traditional military chain of commands, the orders come from top down and that is the way things go because that is the most efficient way to do military business. Colonel Mark Strong writes that “Establishing and maintaining effective leadership and its inherent authority in small units is also one of the most difficult and under-appreciated leadership challenges for both the leader and the led”(Strong 1). However, it is often seen in groups like the Navy SEALS that leadership takes on a different role in which the amount of leadership depends on what the person has done instead of solely on what he wears on his collar. As a young junior officer being commissioned into a small elite group like the SEALS or EOD, you must recognize this early on that it is not just a typical officer/enlisted interaction. Due to the high stress and highly dangerous situations these elite groups must adapt and change in the field so often that it would be hard just to take orders from one person down all the time, although legally they are going to follow the orders given to them by their superiors. They learn to rely on each other to make the right decision in order to survive. Trust is essential in those high stress situations for a successful outcome. This all amounts to shared leadership in these groups. There are many definitions of shared leadership, the article The dynamics of shared leadership: Building trust and…

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