Military Studies Leadership Paper - 20609

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7 page paper discussing leadership in the military. This paper is for military leadership courses. 


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Leadership is the process of influencing others to realize the tasks that need to be completed and determining how to accomplish their objectives. It is the process of assisting individual and collective efforts to achieve common goals. “Leadership disregards basic instructions for action because it is a developing and varying social process that depends on multiple, fluctuating variables” (Murphy, 2003). Leadership can be found withinall levels of an association and can be further demonstrated by any associate within said organization. Being a police officer, I experience extreme variations of situations on a regular basis; certain situations require different leadership styles. Therefore, my leadership style approach is most comparable to a combination of the style approach and the skills approach. Certain situations require different leaderships style approaches. 

The style approach emphasizes the behavior of the leader. Moreover, the style approach focuses exclusively on what leaders do and how they act, the actions and behavioral characteristics of the leader. There are two general kinds of behaviors of the style approach that researchers have observed: task behaviors and relationship behaviors. Individuals of who are in roles of leadership should possess both types of behaviors, task and relationship, to be successful in their position and combine these behaviors in an effort to inspire subordinates to reach a shared objective.  “Leadership creates models for people to follow, building the foundation for motivating others for the public good” (Murphy, 2003). The style approach presents an outline for measuring leadership in an extensive manner that is not necessarily an available measurement in the skills approach of leadership; measuring more specifically the behaviors of skills and relationships. The approach works by describing the key elements of leaders’ behavior, instead of identifying how they should behave (Northouse, 2012).  

Task behaviors bring about objective completion; they assist group members in accomplishing their goals. Relationship behaviors help to make group members feel comfortable with themselves, with other members, and their current situation(s).  “An adept leader can and will create an em