Google defines leadership as: “the action of leading a group of people or an organization”. This trusted source also defines philosophy as: “a particular system of philosophical thought”. So in essence, I am here to give my “Particular system of philosophical thought on the action of leading a group of people or an organization.”
Your’re not the only one making that face…..
Every time I am asked to provide my philosophy on a matter, I began to over-think it. “What are employers actually looking for when they ask this question?” I asked a colleague once. The answer, not good enough to simplify this complex thought in my mind.
A philosophy…should it be a short catchy phrase? Should it rhyme? Can it be pretty dull and plain? Can I be as creative as I want to be with it? These are questions that need answers! And I was lucky enough to decide on a few.
That’s right, I said decide. I realize that as a person, as a leader, I can be indecisive because I always want things to be right. But as I journey through life, and graduate school of course, I am learning that right is sometimes a decision, especially when its concerning
My Leadership Philosophy
As a leader, I value the art of teaching over telling…a message that is clear, concise, and consistent. I believe with the correct balance of skilled and passionate people who a share common purpose ANYTHING can be transformed. My thoughts as a leader will go beyond what is visible, they will travel into the possibilities that lie ahead.
My words will comfort the comfortless, inspire the hopeless, and challenge the achiever, because I am a leader. I will lead with the understanding that leading is not only an external, but internal work. A work that is never finished, but is recognized when others can lead themselves. Because I am a leader, I acknowledge that challenges will come and I expect to trust the process and persist in challenging situations.
Having this leadership philosophy is important because it serves as a reminder of my vision and where I am headed. In difficult times, it serves as guidance and direction and can be a help when making tough decisions. This leadership philosophy will aid in my consistency of character as I go forth and lead in many capacities, remembering what I believe and why I decided to lead in the first place.
Knowing who I am as a leader, my goals as a leader, my passions as a leader, helps me be more intentional with my leading. Because of this leadership philosophy I am better able to articulate my expectations, visions, and goals to myself, to my colleagues, and those who I lead.
My actions are guided as I have an expected end.
I prefer to lead as a Transformational Leader. I am skilled at looking at the bigger picture and from what I see, delegating tasks and keeping the team focused on the goal(s) of the organization.
Of course, different types of leadership styles benefit different circumstances, but keeping in mind *my dream job* and my ultimate vision, transformational leadership fits my future best.
As a student and a supervisor of students, I prefer Participative/Democratic leadership styles. As students begin to develop as leaders, it is important that they understand the importance of the team and decision making as team. It is also important that students understand how to operate in a leadership role while being a team member simultaneously. This leadership styles allows students to get the best of both worlds.
I also prefer this leadership style when working with colleagues and being supervised. Understanding the importance of everyone’s diversity and input can drastically change the outcome of a project or a goal. An environment that is open to the ideas and the input of the team is not only empowering but developmental. As a team member you are always being developed as leader under Participative/Democratic leadership.
With each leadership style I expect and implement relational and emotional intelligence leadership characteristics, being self-aware and conscious of those around me are essential to be an effective and impactful leader.
In essence, leadership is a decision, a decision we all make a some point because we believe in a greater outcome. There is no simple definition of leadership and everyone’s philosophy will look a little different. What matters most is that our philosophy doesn’t stop at an assignment, but that it serves as a compass for where we are headed.
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Google.com,. (2015). Google. Retrieved 26 February 2015, from https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=define+philosophy
Small Business – Chron.com,. (2015). 5 Different Types of Leadership Styles. Retrieved 26 February 2015, from http://smallbusiness.chron.com/5-different-types-leadership-styles-17584.html