- What are the most important values you demonstrate as a leader?
My important values I demonstrate are: Honor, Courage, Commitment and Integrity. These core values were instilled in me during my Military Career.
- What leadership style do you use? I use the democratic leadership style. I use this style because it allows me to keep an open communication with senior and junior personnel in my organization. I exercise the democratic leader style because it creates a level of trust and full transparency. I work with a small group of subject matter experts, that have an intricate role in the organization. Each member inputsare valued, as we collaborate ideas to complete our mission.
- What is your greatest strength? My greatest strength is determination.
I have always been determinedto complete my goals.Determination has been a driving force in my military career and in my second career in the government. I have become a subject matter expert in my career field, and I have been consistent in my performance level.
- What would be your greatest weakness? My greatest weakness is Impatience. I had to identify this weakness, because I work with several internal and external personnel, who work at their own pace.I consistently work on this weakness, by setting earlier deadlines with employees to get a quicker turnaround time withcorrespondence and decisions.
- How do you get others to accept your ideas?I get others to accept my ideas, by being knowledgeable about the subject I am reviewing. I am always clear, concise and I present my employees with full transparency.
- How would you go about getting cohesion among a team who disagree? I have weekly staff meetings to review and discuss the weekly agenda. During the meeting I express that we are all going to agree or disagree with one another, but we will respect each person opinion. Direct communication with an employee and group discussions have helped resolved disagreements. I reiterate to the team that we all have to stay focus on the mission.
- How do you motivate your team? I motive my team by being transparent, open communication, and team building. I provide work incentives to my employees for exceeding their goals.
- How do you lead through change? I lead by setting goals for the employees in my organization. I reiterate to all employees to be open minded because change in inevitable.
- What motivates you to be a leader?Setting the example and watching my employees reach their full potential. I exercise my skills and share knowledge from my past experiences to build my employees character, knowledge, skills and abilities.
- How do you go about resolving conflict? I resolve conflict by identifying the issue. Then I develop a plan of action to address and resolve the conflict. Depending on the conflict, I might can resolve on an internal level or I might have to have to get external assistance.
Describe your VABEs- – the values, assumptions, beliefs and expectations that develop within people as a result of their upbringing, education, work experiences and hundreds of other life experiences.
I live by the core values of honor, courage, commitment and integrity. These values allowed me to be honest, responsible and dedicated. My character, assumption and beliefs, have been based on my life experiences. I am from Brooklyn, New York, where I have learned from my parents, who set the foundation in my life. They displayed and set the example to work hard, if you want to achieve your goals. I joined the military and served 20 years of active duty Naval service. My military education and career shaped me to becoming a leader that sets the example for others to follow.My expectations in life, developed from my experiences, that built my character. I have mentored junior personnel and implemented training plans for my personnel to become subject matter experts in their career field. I graduated from college with my Masters’ Degree. I have learned that my life choices and career goals can be achieved, when you have values, beliefs and the confidence to succeed in life.