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Understanding Myself as a Leader

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Pourmonir Photo In the past year I have changed as a leader immensely. I now focus more on getting to know the people around me. As an underclass, it was easy to get caught up in just going through the motions of life at the Academy. I had fun, but I also did my own thing a lot. If I had homework I was doing it, and if I didn’t I was focused on whatever other responsibilities I had at the time. I got everything done but I didn’t step out of my comfort zone very often. As cadre, I was forced to step out of that comfort zone. I was forced to take on more responsibility and I finally had a chance to make a significant difference in other people’s lives. While it was difficult for me to be in a situation like that, where I felt very uncomfortable, it changed me as a person. I believe it made me a person more invested in the well-being of others and the completion of their duties. I always cared about others and checked on how they were doing, but I never realized the impact it had on people if they knew. I now make a more conscious effort to care about people, but also to do it in ways that ensure they know that I am interested in them as more than just my subordinate or shipmate, but as a valuable and necessary member of a service where we will someday work side by side. I never realized how important it was as a leader to show the people you are leading that you care. This has had an effect on all of my relationships both home and at the Academy. I honestly believe that if it weren’t for this past summer, I would not be the person I am today.


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