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Captain D Michael Abrashoff was one of the graduates from US Naval Academy and he was also an assistant of military as a former secretary of defense.

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Leadership Style and Traits

AbstractCaptain D Michael Abrashoff was one of the graduates from US Naval Academy and he was also an assistant of military as a former secretary of defense. Though in 2001 he left his profession of navy and turned to a founder of grassroots leadership. (Barr, Frumi, 2002) After leaving that, he wrote a book on his management styles that he followed up throughout in his entire profession. This research paper is all about leadership styles and traits followed by Captain Michael Abrashoff during his naval services and the principles he used in changing the direction of ship and motivation of sailors. At the time when he took a charge over the ship, it was like a business that has all the related equipments and machineries but only the productivity is lacking so in order to get that productivity he took some initiatives and actions and get the achievements of which he proud of like turning the troubled ship and team into efficiently working team and best damn ship. However, in the end he has got the slogan of its your ship and recognized as a role model for the naval efficiency. As an author in his book he shares all his secrets towards the success and how he becomes a benchmark for all.


Leadership Style and Traits Introduction Its your ship by captain D. Michael Abrashoff is a story that emphasizes on his leadership skills completing the journey from the Navys underperforming war vessels to one of the best damn ship. The story is all about the captain and USS Benfold which was considered as the advanced and updated ship having all the machines used in fighting while sailing in high sea shores, but the morale of the crew deeply low and also the performance scores are much lower than the expectations of the Navy. From the day first captain tried to keep the competence level and morale level below/above of his new crew. He also enhanced and upgrades the lifestyle on vessel by improving training system. He retained the pride level which was disappeared sometime long before. In fact he cut down or decreases down the cost of maintenance through replacement with products that were more durable by mediocre equipment. Abrashoff doesnt worried for his status as the Benfolds new commander has, but he truly cares for maintaining his trust dignity and respect in the eyes of others which has been lost by his predecessor, for keeping his good record he does some efforts like sending the chiefs of ship to school for proper training, in order to protect the vessel from rusty stains he order for steel that are highly resists from the rust. Captain did an effort to maintain the fruitful communication between every crew member through maintaining formal and informal interviews both. As he really want to put his efforts fruitful he started to read the existing interviews of the ones who had left or wanted to left the profession of navy. Finally he found the results and among them most reasons he find out seems unnecessary. Some of the reasons he got like members were not receiving desired respect, they


Leadership Style and Traits were really not being rewarded they feel like cannot give best to the organization. In a nut shell all the points reflects that they were highly demotivated. Getting all these results he stood up on working with changing the perception of his crew members and start making them understand that their existence means a lot to the crew and that they are highly important for the organization. He also realized them that he would listen to them and will respect their ideas (Dinsmore, Ben 2011) Soon it has been realized by captain to improve his ships productivity and need to improve his own leadership skills. As according to research it has been resulted that most of the people resigned their jobs due to their managers leadership. While following the best leader style not only helps in achieving the organizations goal but also the maximum productivity and confidence of employees who are considering as the assets of a company. He had followed some principles and traits in order to lead and attain goals for those who seem impossible to attain and to reach them. Building trust among members, enhance the quality of communication, gave meaning to the purposes, lead by example, take risks those are calculative, create unity among people, gave importance in enhancing the lifestyle of his people, go beyond the means not the ends, following up the procedures that are to be followed (Hunter, Peter) He believes on giving the rewards to the risk takers so that their level of motivation keep rising up even if the people fall down , he believes in giving promotions and allocation rewards to them so that the organization always remain in a growing and moving in a upward direction pattern.


Leadership Style and Traits He believes in doing the right thing that may never lead towards wrong path. Captain Abrashoff has provided some insights and methods that how to motivate people and make them more competent. Also bring up the inborn talent which has been rusted due to mishandling and improper guidance. His smartly utilizing of leadership skills has become the reason for his achievement that he becomes profound well known Captain. The principles and traits that he gone through were, lead through example, communicate the purpose and meaning, build a environment of trust, take calculated risks, create confidence among people and build up, work or look for the outcomes instead of salutes, generate the concept of collectivism and enhance the quality of peoples life PRINCIPLES AND TRAITS Following are the summarize points of traits and principles that Captain Abrashoff followed up during his leadership. RETAINING EMPLOYEES In todays world the most important thing from the organizations point of view is to attract and retain their employees, and keep their motivation level high by keep rewarding them in order to get their passionate efforts full of enthusiasm and energy. Therefore, he follows the same. According to Abrashoff the essential to him is to be trusted, respected and effective for all. It has been assumed that paying low salary is the major reason for employees to leave any job, but here the results proved this assumption wrong. And the main reason for leaving the job is not


Leadership Style and Traits being treated them with respect and dignity. In todays era leaders need to attract and retain their best employees The first principle according to him as being a successful skipper IS TO LOOK AT THE SHIP FROM THE CREWS EYES. Only this way one can find what really goes wrong or right. The second principle or assumption that he may implement those processes that may helps people enjoying carrying through. He also realized that alone he cannot make decisions for all even not only he himself but anyone alone cannot be capable of doing this, for that he decided to train his people to create judgments and to think for their own self. EMPOWERING PEOPLE Empowering means to provide people a criteria or parameters on which they have been allowed to operate in free and relaxed environment and enabling people to utilize their all of the skills and resources fully unleashed. And he rightly followed that by giving his people the guidelines. LEAD BY EXAMPLE He followed the another characteristic of being a real leader by swallowing up his temper at the time of getting situations worse off by asking questions with his own self like whether he provided desired training to his employees? Or whether he clearly provided the guidelines or ample time to articulate the visional goals or enough resources to achieve the desired tasks and desired outcomes.


Leadership Style and Traits He discovered some traits regarding to lead by examples Not to forget the effect of yours on people: it says leader should understand how they need to create his impact on people and how they need to keep the tone to set the spirit of people surrounds them. If a leader is showing his enthusiasm, his workforce will definitely feels the same or vice versa. Not to fail the test of Washington post: According to him he always carefully avoids ethical shortcuts. And make self judgments whether to run or stop for obvious reasons and its after effects. Make self test for what he will do would result in good terms that could made him proud or embarrass. He focuses on doing the things right for not worrying of getting involved in any ruffling out someones feather. Obey even when you disagree: rarely has it been found that the chain of sub ordinates often disagree with the policies, its important not to underestimate the superiors. This could only be possible if people in an organization truly understand that their superiors are supportive for their chain of command. If one is freelancing, people would not supportive if they disagree for the implemented policies. According to Abrashoff when he was given a task for which he does not agree he simply ask for a good alternative to reach the goals from his people. And for this he would be appreciated for his honesty and being listened by the people, and finally got appreciation for the good accomplishment.


Leadership Style and Traits LISTEN CAREFULLY : He says that he wants his people to look from the crews eyes and to believe that benfold is the best ship among all in Navy. He made their people understand to believe in their own self and believes this strategy works best. COMMUNICATION MUST BE MEANINGFUL: Abrashoff believes, leading or managing the ship depends on communicating efficiently with his people so that they may work collectively with full of hard work. He believes in giving the clear vision to his employees. He focuses on communicating information that actually contains meaningful reason. He made improvements through opening himse