Leadership Philosophy Statement
Various personal beliefs and values shape my leadership style. I gained these beliefs and values after many years of observing how poor leadership can be detrimental to the lives of the followers. I have also taken several courses on effective leadership so as to hone my leadership skills.
I believe that leadership is a journey that is full of learning experiences. Everyone involved in the journey including the leaders and the followers should constantly be learning something about themselves, others, and their environment. I also believe that leadership is inherent in all of us and is nurtured by the environment. In addition, I believe that leadership is meant to help others find the best in themselves. Based on my own observations, leadership is meant to inspire others to become better in their own fields as well as give them the opportunity to solve the problems that they encounter on a daily basis.
The most concrete value that I hold dear in personal and professional developments/ relationships is integrity. Honesty and moral behavior are the key tenets for any successful relationship, business or otherwise. It is imperative that a leader have integrity in order to earn the trust and obedience of his followers. Leadership involves honestly assessing one’s intentions, motivations, and biases to determine if they are helpful or counterproductive to his efforts to lead the people. The leader should also not cower in holding others accountable to embrace integrity. Leaders should also be able to influence their followers to carry out their tasks diligently and with integrity. Integrity is the underlying foundation for accountability, which is the main component that drives performance especially in business circles.
It is essential that a leader assess his leadership skills and actions so that he can determine the implications of his actions on others. It is also essential that leaders understand their limits and are honest about their shortfalls towards their followers. A leader needs to be unafraid of making mistakes, as mistakes are how human beings learn to improve themselves. A leader should also have the inner drive to constantly ant to improve him/herself for the betterment of his followers.
Leadership also involves accepting the fact that there are different perspectives as well as different ways of doing things. As a leader, I intend to listen to all the opinions of the involved parties. Seeking opinions from followers is essential in determining the right path for all the parties involved. As a leader, I shall also endeavor to listen to other people’s opinions with respect and appreciation for the efforts they are making in trying to help me solve the situation. There will be no need to ridicule anyone’s opinion or contribution to the matter or dismiss it because it does not come from me.