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The most important thing that a commander can do is to see the ship from the eyes of the crew LaBarre is a quote from Commander Mike Abrashoff of the USS Benefold These questions were asked when he was conducting interviews with the entire crew of the USS Benefold after he saw horrible displays of disrespect when there was a change of commander on the USS Benefold He knew then that there was a need for change of leadership style to bring all levels in charge to a more decentralized organization After doing so the crews dropout rate reduced and moral was raised throughout the ship At that moment Commander Mike Abrashoff knew that the old way of running a crew in the Navy was out and his non-segregation leadership was in At the end of his naval career he developed a leadership style trend that has taken off and been very successful This paper will cover the different types of leadership styles he uses how they are valid in todays corporate environment and a top leadership trait that should be required in order to be a leader To begin an explanation of the type of leadership styles he uses is in order When he was conducting the interviews he was getting ideas on how to run the ship and crew to be more effective and productive Sometimes the ideas were so phenomenal that he would implement the idea on the spot Vrooms management types know this type of leadership style as consult group The definition from the Adaptation of Tannenbaum and Schmidts Taxomomy on Consult Group states You present the problem to the group members in a meeting get their suggestions and them make a decision Bateman Snell 2004 p 380 Another type of leadership skill that he practices is transformational leadership When a person looks at Abrashoffs transformational leader he fits the description well because he transforms a vision into reality and
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