The Section Chief (K) of the Trial Team Unit of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO) is an excellent leader whose leadership success can be explained by both the trait and skills theories of leadership. The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO) is the primary law enforcement agency for Camden County, New Jersey. It is the 2nd busiest Prosecutor’s Office in the state (behind Essex County), and is located in what was once considered the most dangerous city in America: Camden, New Jersey. K supervises the largest unit of CCPO, the Trial Team Unit, with 16 Assistant Prosecutors (APs), 8 Detectives, and 3 clerical staff. The Trial Team Unit is responsible for handling the majority of criminal cases after they are indicted in Camden County. As Section Chief of Trial Team, K’s responsibilities include handling the most complicated cases the unit receives, in addition to supervising the performance of the other APs in Trial Team, providing legal and trial strategies/advice, and being a liaison when necessary between the APs she supervises and the judges assigned to the criminal division of the Superior Court.
Trait theory explains that K is highly extraverted and therefore, very sociable and assertive and has a lot of positive energy. Skill and trait theories explain that this extraversion led to the development of her strong human skills (knowledge of and capacity to work with people, including subordinates, peers, and superiors) and social-judgement skills. K also has a high level of analytic intelligence (general problem-solving ability). Due to this high level of analytic intelligence (and general cognitive ability), K has also become extremely competent in problem-solving.
K’s personality traits can be described as thorough, organized, controlled, dependable, and decisive, making her a strong manager and leader. Also, K constantly relies upon her creative intelligence to help APs prepare their cases for trial and encourages them tap into their own creative intelligence. K’s other personality traits (high extraversion, very conscientiousness, low neuroticism), explain why she is outspoken, organized, and can remain calm under pressure. K is great at leading and influencing others because of her strong set of human and social-judgement skills. Skill theories of leadership explain why K was promoted to a leadership position: because of her technical skills, career experiences, and problem-solving skills. These technical skills, combined with her people skills, make K the successful leader that she is today.
K’s leadership style is appreciated by both those who work below her and above her. Her subordinates are grateful for the guidance she provides so willingly, patiently, and kindly and her superiors are impressed by the outcomes the Trial Team unit yields as a result of such guidance.
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