For Governor Devalue Patrick this did not begin when he became Governor of Massachusetts in November, 2006. It began early in his life as a child and the events and circumstances would be a defining moment that would lead him down the path to become a Governor in one of the 50 states in the United States of America. Unlike other politicians, Governor Patriot’s childhood was far from the comfortable and wealthy lifestyle that so many other politicians have come from. He was raised by a single mother in the south side of Chicago and grew up in a poor and violent neighborhood but hat did not prevent him from being a motivated student.
It’s was at age 14 that Governor Patrick came to Massachusetts when he was awarded a scholarship to Milton Academy through A Better Chance organization that identifies and develops leaders from academically gifted minority students. Here was a young man you would not be identified by his environment and sought out a way to better his life. This is where the foundation was built in being a leader. He then went on to be the first person in his family going to college and then he graduated from Harvard College. One thing to understand about Governor
Patrick is that he did not just try to succeed by getting by, but he strives for perfection and graduated an A. B. UCM lauded. Later he went back to Harvard and attended Harvard Law School where he once again graduated with honors with a J. D. UCM lauded in 1982 (Lousier & ACH, 2010, p. 387-389; The Tufts Daily). It is important to note that things did not always come easy for Governor Patrick. Most of us can all relate to the Governor as you have to work hard for the things in life. He was faced with setbacks and failures much like everyone experiences in life.
The difference is he did not give up but continued to be persistent and achieve his goals. A great example is how he failed the State Bar of California exam twice but passed the bar on his third try. This would prove crucial in developing Governor Patrick as a leader. Governor Patrick would later serve as a law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to joining the staff of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund which he focused on the death penalty and voting rights cases. He later joined the law firm of Hill & Barlow in Boston and became partner at the age of 34.
His career progressed to being nominated by President Clinton as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division where he worked on issues including racial profiling, police misconduct, and even enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act. While his career has gone well for him, he was still faced with trials and controversy due to his stance on certain issues and beliefs. One such instance was his role in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals case Piscataway v. Taxman that can be read at the Washington Post, Affirmative Action: Piscataway Board of Education v.
Taxman, Sharon (http://www. Washington’s. Com/WAP -sir/national/longer/support/1997-98/pips). After serving the government, Governor Patrick went back to the corporate world working as Chairman of Texaco Equality ; Fairness Task Force, served on the United Airlines board, served on the board of directors of AC Capital Holdings as well as Rebook, Coca Cola, and the Ford Foundation. Once again while serving on the board at United Airlines he would face criticism from gay activist over domestic partnership benefits.
He eventually was able to encourage United Airlines to offer the same domestic benefits to all employees which made United Airlines the first airline to do so In (The Tufts Daily). Governor Patrick has always persevered and maintained his beliefs even when others think he has forgotten about them. This all eventually led him to run for Governor and win the election in 2006 (Congress. Org). One thing that stood out in this case study was a particular leadership trait that Governor Patrick has which is conviction.
It is far too common for politicians to say one thing and do another just for votes. Governor Patrick demonstrates that his beliefs and convictions are more than just words in that he stands firm beside them and puts his beliefs into actions regardless if it is popular or not. Throughout his whole life he didn’t allow himself to make an excuse. Much of his life has been defined by the word improbable but he has persevered and continued to not be defined by anything but who he is and what he believes in.
There are many different leadership styles that can apply to Governor Patrick as well as someone in a similar position as the Governor but only one leadership model that fits. The model that is easily identifiable is the normative leadership theory and model (Lousier & ACH, 2010, p. 127-131). A Governor will usually have to base decisions either in a time-driven or velveteen-driven environment and will have to make sure that they maximize the decisions they make.