Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Leadership Reflections - My Philosophy

Several years ago, I began my Master's Degree studies in the field of Organizational Leadership. The first class in that program was called "Philosophy of Leadership." I found it interesting then, and still to this day agree that a person's philosophy shapes who they are and drives where they're going.

I've been doing alot of reading and reflecting on the various authors I read and papers I wrote during that incredible time of learning and growing in my life.

So, I'm going to begin a series of posts from the materials I wrote back then called "Leadership Reflections", and it is my prayer that as I reflect on the things God has brought in my life, that others would benefit as well, and realize that He desires for us to be the best leaders we can be in alignment with His plan for our lives.

This first post is my personal philosophy of Leadership...

My personal philosophy of leadership comes from an understanding that leadership involves a lifelong process of developing skills and abilities necessary for becoming the most successful leader I can be. I need to keep learning and growing if I’m going to effectively influence and mobilize people to accomplish mutually accepted goals. Leadership is a huge, seemingly indefinable concept, but the acrostic below captures the key points of my personal philosophy of leadership.

To be actively applying my personal philosophy of leadership I need to be…

L – Learning (constantly staying sharp and teachable)
E – Empowering Others (developing and applying an “expand the team” mentality)
A – Accountable (collaborating with and being challenged by others)
D – Dependable (staying true to my goals and my team)
E – Enthusiastically Casting Vision (believing in and rallying support for future change)
R – Resourceful (assessing situations and applying techniques with the tools that I have)
S – Servant Minded (looking to put others’ needs ahead of my own)
H – Humble (remembering that my gifts come from God)
I – Integrating a lifestyle of Integrity (applying the phrase “Who am I when no one sees?”)
P – Purposeful (focusing on mutually accepted goals)

What is your philosophy of leadership? What is it based on? What is the driving force behind why you do what you do? What has helped shape you into the person you are today?

Reflecting with you,

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