Leadership, My Coast Guard ( Cg ) Career Has Been A Roller Coaster

1664 Words Sep 27th, 2016 7 Pages
Regarding leadership, my Coast Guard (CG) career has been a roller coaster. Since I 've joined in 1998, I 've experienced many ups and downs throughout eight different units; some good leaders and some not so well. I don 't necessarily believe in calling a leader a bad leader since I don 't really recognize them as leaders at all; I don 't follow them or desire to supervise as they do. They 're just bosses. Instead, I try and remember the handful of leaders that I did admire, respected, looked up to, and wanted to model - eventually. Early in my career, I was blessed to have strict and by the book (policy) leaders. Even though they weren 't the most friendly, they planted a seed of professionalism and set a standard of expectations that I had to meet or else. This helped me learn to put my best effort forward. That experience set me up with regards to what I now expect from the people that work under or around me. Later on, I encountered another type of leadership behavior, such as my CO at Congressional Affairs, VADM Schultz who showed me how effective it is to get up and walk around and mingle with his staff on the Hill. He spent a lot time talking to us and made sure he knew how we were doing, if we needed anything, and what was new. Basically he made it a point to get to know each of us and develop a relationship. Fast forward to my role as a YNC, even more so a Chief on the CGC POLAR STAR where I served for three years. I was able to use my previous leadership…

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