Leadership styles

By Carol Frazee DLA Land and Maritime Level II Mentoring

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The presenters were Cheryl Lagrace, Gerald Jones, Jackie Jones, Keith Mattison and Tom Stevens.

The panelist consisted of Victor Anderson BPA - Branch Chief Supply Demand Planning Business Process Analyst, Matt Kirk Division Chief, Supplier Support Division, Pam Latker HR- Career Management Division Chief and Rick Metz BP - Procurement Policy Chief.

The panelists answered six questions the unanimous response is listed.

  1. How did you get into your current position? We worked our way through DLA positions even if it meant completing lateral moves/side stepping to new areas in order to move up. Participating in agency sponsored rotational programs.
  2. What qualities are necessary to be a good leader? To have compassion, be sincere, kindness, a good listener, being able to get employees engaged, motivation, mentorship, empathic, flexible, decisive and to have clarity of expectation.
  3. What advice would you give to someone who is actively seeking to advance? Take a risk! Have a vision of where you want to go and where you want to be. Set goals and participate in rotational programs and any programs that DLA offers because it shows that you are will to take a risk and learn something outside your normal daily duties.
  4. What are some of the challenges you have experienced as a leader with DLA? Dealing with short suspense items and briefings. Learning to delegate work out to associates. Trying to motivate those under you.
  5. What do you consider some of the unwritten rules for your position as a leader? Model the behavior you want to see from your associates. There will always be chaos but always remain flexible.
  6. How do you manage the multiple time demands of carrier and home? It is a personal choice. Office stays at the office and home stays at home.