Leadership of Gov. Chris Christie

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There are many skills that a leader must possess. Some of these are the ability to communicate effectively, to have the valor to remain ethical and maintain integrity, and the ability to lead with the mind and heart. This paper focuses on Gov. Chris Christie, the ethical issues he is currently facing, his leadership style, and why it is that he remains popular, even in the face of the current scandals. Effective Communication According to Richard Daft, “leadership means communicating with others in such a way that they are motivated to perform actions that further common goals and lead toward desired outcomes” (Daft, 2012, p. 232). In order to do this, a leader must be able to “read” his or her followers and understand what the desires of all parties involved are. As defined by Daft, communication is “a process by which information and understanding are transferred between a sender and a receiver” (Daft, 2012, p. 232). In order to communication effectively a leader must not only deliver a clear message, but also ensure that the message is understood by the receiver. According to Dan Glickman, a blogger for The Huffington Post, Governor Christie is an effective communicator because Christie is able “to connect with all different types of people” (Glickman, 2013). Glickman goes on to explain that Christie speaks in a way that registers with the people (Glickman, 2013). However, even when the leader is able to reach their followers, or in this case, their constituents, the leader still has the responsibility to have a certain amount of transparency in those communications. On the plus side, Governor Christie does have the ability to communicate well in that he is able to stay bipartisan on certain issues. This inc... ... middle of paper ... ... Are there lessons for political leadership? [Web Log Comment]. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-glickman/governor-christie-are-the_b_4232807.html Frates, C. (2014, January 13). Feds investigate Christie’s use of Sandy relief funds. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/13/politics/christie-feds-investigating-sandy-ads/index.html Metzler, R. (2014, January 13). Chris Christie's New Jersey popularity remains high, poll says. US News & World Report. Retrieved from http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/01/13/chris-christies-new-jersey-popularity-remains-high-poll-says Zernike, K., & Santora, M. (2014, January 10). ‘Humiliated’ Chris Christie apologizes for scandal. The Boston Globe. Retrieved from http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2014/01/10/heartbroken-christie-tries-limit-damage-from-traffic-scandal/DUM2rezszb28CNzmw7DycK/story.html

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