Transformation Into Leadership

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Week 8 Assignment

By

James Gaupel

Colorado State University – Global Campus

Professor: Dr. Annette Roter

ORG 560: Leadership Development

January 20, 2013

Transformation into Leadership Any business runs efficaciously when it is controlled by a competent and persuasive supervisor. While mentors motivate their subordinates, it is not the only thing managers can do. A virtuous supervisor can configure the workplace in the position he desires. He epitomizes the principles of the establishment and most significantly, it has been perceived that effective leaders enjoy a capability to proliferate the productivity of the business.
Background
In 1992, the Department of Corrections built a prison in my hometown of Lancaster, California. Many of my friends applied for the five hundred job openings as a correctional officer. Although I was reluctant to apply for a career in such as a harsh environment within a state prison, these same friends convinced me to submit my application. After a rigorous twelve month hiring process coupled with a sixteen week academy, I was sworn in as a full time peace officer in April of 1994. As a peace officer, I was stationed at the Lancaster State Prison as a correctional officer. My leadership skills were negligible at this point in my career, as I only had attained entry level positions prior to the acceptance of this employment. Working as a correctional officer gave me the foundation of leadership as I supervised inmates on a daily basis. Effective communication with a diverse group informally enhanced my leadership skills. Inside the prison walls, the environment of “them versus us” is omnipresent. Breaking that barrier takes strong leadership skills coupled with an overall understanding of the inmate frame of mind. Four years later, I was promoted to Parole Agent and left the prison…...

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