Strengths, Values and Areas of Improvement in the Profession of Arms

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Part I. Strengths My two strengths in the profession of arms are direction and recognition. I am strong in giving directions because I am very detailed and specific in giving orders (KAI-theory). Giving good directions in relation to deliberate leadership will help in providing subordinates a well thought out plan to further develop them into future leaders. My methodical approach discovered in the Team Dimension Profile will also be a great benefit when trying to develop a step by step plan. When I provide directions for a task or plan I try not to assume people already know things especially if it is something new or haven't been discussed in awhile. I also give my subordinates the opportunity to ask questions and ensure they fully understand the task before exiting the conversation. I also believe it is important to recognize your people. Recognizing your people in relation to deliberate leadership will help to motivate and encourage subordinates in their journey as the strive to reach their goals. I have worked hard this past year to put my people in for awards and programs. Recognizing your people shows that you acknowledge and appreciate their contributions to the organization. Two of my strengths I discovered in Full Range Development Leadership (FRDL) that is a part of transformational leadership were individualized consideration and inspirational motivation. Since, transformational leadership is the most active and effective form of leadership according to the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy student guide it is critical to have some strengths within FRDL in relations to Deliberate Leadership. Individualized consideration is where leaders become a mentor or coach and can hear their subord...

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...sideration and find out his or her long term goals. I would also research and ensure I knew what was upcoming in the Air Force. I would evaluate what the Air Force needs against the desires of my subordinate and see if we could align the two. Next, I would design a Deliberate Leadership Plan for us both to follow to assist the subordinate in where they would like to be. Also, I would implement inspirational motivation by doing follow ups to check the progress of the plan and continue to motivate them to reach their goals. Finally, I would use idealized influence to try to set the best example I can for the individual by increasing my moral behavior, character and work ethics to encourage this member to do the same. This will help them to be prepared to continue to succeed standards in his or her new duty job.
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