Discussion about security issues and leadership behavior The word file contain 3 short essay with a question per essay. Please read it first and then answer it with 100 – 120 words. 1.News Anchor Specialist-Senior Intelligence Officials versus President Trump: The Fight for
In recent days, President Trump and Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence, have been at
odds. This all started with a tweet from President Trump on December 19, 2018 that says: “We
have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.”
“Being there” refers to the US soldiers fighting ISIS currently. Trump announced that he is ready
to pull those troops out of Syria as a result of the Islamic State’s defeat. Almost immediately, the
President received backlash from allies and advisors.
Then came the National Intelligence’s annual presentation before the Senate regarding current
global threat issues. Dan Coats presented before the Senate three major issues that contradicted
what American citizens have heard from the President. First, Coats reported that although the
Islamic State (ISIS) has lost ground, its people are larger in number than before. This, of course,
contradicted Trump’s claim of defeat. As many know, Trump does not like any opposition on his
claims. Secondly, Coats announced that Iran was still a threat to the US regarding their nuclear
potential. Last year, Trump took the US out of a deal involving several other countries and Iran
to keep their nuclear program at bay. Coats then reported that North Korea presented a current
threat because the country’s leader, Kim Jun Un, is unlikely to give up his nuclear abilities.
Trump specifically stated previously that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat (Morin,
Matishak, Bender, Ghitis, Farrell, Greenfield, Sims, 2019).
In the past couple of days, these contradicting reports led to a very public disapproval from the
President. With President Trump tweeting that intelligence agencies were “passive and naive”,
and that they should “go back to school”. Then, a CIA official publicly called Trump’s
disapproval a “consequence of narcissism” (Landler, 2019).
With all this disapproval and contradiction, who can the American people trust regarding
national security? Facts show that one of the most basic and essential leadership skills is
credibility. The skill of credibility includes two parts: expertise and trust (Hughes, Ginnett,
Curphy, 2015). Trump’s strong criticism of the intelligence’s stance on security issues puts
intelligence officials in a tough position. These officials are openly contradicting the Commander
and Chief’s claims while trying to accurately address security concerns. On the other hand,
Trump and his supporters are undermining the intelligence’s abilities to ensure safety in
America. In a general sense, it seems as if the intelligence agencies have the expertise aspect of
credibility, and Trump has the trust aspect from his followers and supporters.
In your opinion, who has more credibility regarding these specific national security issues
(ISIS, Iran, and North Korea)? National Intelligence Agencies or President Trump?
2. Leadership Behavior Analyst
Today we will analyze the mini-case entitled “Paying Attention Pays Off for Andra Rush”. We
will take a closer look at Andra Rush, a woman who went from being a nurse to CEO of Rush
Trucking with a fleet of 1,700 trucks and 390 employees all because she paid attention.
Competency models describe the behaviors and skills managers need to exhibit if an
organization is to be successful. In order for Rush to be an effective leader she had to utilize one
of her life skills (listening) to understand how to succeed. There are a number of competencies
Rush displayed in this mini-case, however, her personal drive which is demonstrating urgency in
meeting objectives and achieving results; pursues aggressive goals and persists to achieve
them. We will observe how Andra Rush used personal drive and driving change to build her
empire by taking a companies reckless leadership tactics as a guide for what not to do in order to
be successful.(Hughes, R., Ginnett, R., and Curphy, G. 2015)
Andra Rush, a minority female of Native American descent, understood what it meant to pay
attention for results. She listened attentively as other nurses complained about unfair treatment
in the workplace and instead of joining them with complaints, she decided that she would do
something about it and enrolled in the University of Michigan’s MBA program by taking
business courses to bring about change in the unfair treatment experienced at her job. Her
journey began with a drive to learn how to run a business the right way, it became her fuel and
once she completed her courses her mind was set on running her own business. One day while
she cared for a patient she listened as he described and talked about his experiences in the
transport business, from that conversation she decided this will be the career path she pursues, so
she took a risk although it wasn’t easy as she scraped together and borrowed money to get
started. She was able to purchase three trucks and started what is known today as Rush
Alternatives for the treatment of nurses was one of the deciding factors as to how Rush would
work with her customers. Rush ran her company by listening to her customers and made a point
of exceeding their expectations regardless of the circumstances. Driving change; challenging
the status quo and looks for ways to improve team or organizational performance. Champions
new initiatives and stimulates others to make changes. Another alternative plan she
implemented into her business, was incorporating her Mohawk heritage, she believed in the
power of a diverse workforce; as a result more than half of the employees at her company are
women, and half are minorities. She knew by incorporating a diverse workforce where diverse
talent can develop and grow without encountering limitations was needed.
I would recommend that Rush continue utilizing framing within her company by creating more
programs for employees such as “The Readers’ Edge,” to help with literacy, improve skills and
empower employees to thrive.
In conclusion, driving forces can be thought of as problems or opportunities that provide
motivation for change within an organization. (Daft, 2017) The idea that a nurse used a skill
such as listening to start a trucking company by promoting change due to a company’s reckless
leadership should motivate individuals to want more.
“I wake up thinking about how we can be relevant, meaningful and prepared for the next
opportunity or the next technological breakthrough.” Andra Rush
Do you believe that understanding driving change can help you more effectively implement
a significant change in your own behavior?
3. HR in Action Zipcar
Zipcar is a company that allows customers to share a car for a fee as small as a short
cab ride. Individuals who become Zipcar members are able to reserve a vehicle with as
little advance notice as 1 hour through any wireless device, unlock a car with a card
that members carry with them, and drive for the reserved period of time. The goal
of Zipcar is to reduce the number of cars being driven and thereby reduce environmental
Zipcar is a fast-growing innovative company that supports the environment and
is socially responsible. This makes it an attractive place to work for many who are
looking for a company that is doing something new.When selecting new employees,
Zipcar aims to find people who are passionate about the brand, professional, courteous,
and presentable. It wants someone who understands the value of the organization and
the culture within which the company operates.
According to the video, what practices should you avoid during an interview?
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