by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard-11 Michael P. Leavitt, USCG (Ret.)
Sometimes we don’t know what leadership is until after we see it, but when we do, we will find that a great leader will get results and they do it in such a way that it inspires trust and respect from those all around them. These leaders seem do the right thing at the right time for the right reasons, regardless of the situation. They guide and care for their families, they take care of themselves, and they have a genuine care for the people in their circle of influence. These leaders are patient, they know how to listen, they continue to learn, and they lead.
Professionally, leaders ensure that their people are well trained, equipped, and proficient in all that they do and they ensure that they do the same, leading by example. These among other things, are some of the key leadership traits that creates a positive culture within a leaders circle of influence and these traits will define the legacy leaders leave behind for others to follow.
MCPOCG Michael P. Leavitt, USCG (Ret.) was recognized during our annual Congress in Jacksonville, Florida, as a recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Sea Service Award. Master Chief Leavitt served as the 11th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard from 2010-2014.