To develop a philosophy on leadership, I’ve identified four factors of involvement that I believe encompass leadership, these being my principles, attitude, behavior and personal leadership theory. With these factors of leadership, as well as my core values of honesty and loyalty, a potential leader has arisen. Regardless of my previous success with this philosophy, I hope that I continue to improve and find ways to be better.
Identified in the Ethics Theory of Leadership, I lead by utilizing teleological altruism. I believe that making decisions for the greater good, decisions that will support the masses, will lead to the greatest success as well as achieving support from followers. This form of conduct is a testament to loyalty and responsibility as some times an altruistic mindset forces me to make decisions against my personal beliefs. Other principles that I hold important are honesty and loyalty, honesty being one of the key principles in the ethical leadership theory. These characteristics have always had a strong impact on my decision making and I choose to lead in a way that followers can trust my words and actions, as well as feel comfortable asking for advice and knowing where I stand at all times. I also believe that those who follow me know what to expect from me in regards to goals and decisions because of this philosophy and I value being a transparent leader. If I were to try and improve in this development, I would like to be more externally approachable. I have found many people assume I am unapproachable because of my demeanor, though I actually am quite friendly.
I believe the easiest way to lose respect from followers is to assume you were granted respect through power. Though Barack Obama is the most powerful man on the planet, there are still those who oppose him. A type of power identified by leadership theorists is referent power, which I believe to be ideal in a leadership position over others. This is being respected and trusted by the people who follow you. I want my words and actions to be perceived in a way that those who follow me choose to do so, not just because I have the power to force them to. Through a positive mindset, innovative thinking, and supportive language I lead and succeed. No one can argue that my attitude towards a challenge is negative because I actively try to exceed expectations. I would like to improve on using my power as a leader to be personal to my followers. I am likeable as well as goal-oriented and use my attitude toward my endeavors to inspire and improve others and would like to ensure that my followers perceive my intensions accurately.
As a leader who is very highly achievement-oriented, I believe a balance of both that and relationships are what develop a successful leader. The Behavior Approach Theory developed a Leadership Grid; from this grid, I identified Team Style (9,9) as being the most important. This is leading with a high regard to achievement as well as high regard to healthy relationships and interaction. I believe behavior that is equally assertive, approachable, open, and organized is the key to success in leadership. I will reflect the previously mentioned behaviors to foster dialogue and attainment. Honestly, I think I could improve in the field of relationships. I find that I am so goal-oriented and focused on perfection that the fun and community side of leadership gets lost.
I personally identify as a servant leader because I believe leading is about serving others. If you are a leader, you are already changing lives because those people have chosen to follow you, and you are teaching them something that they are teaching someone else. Besides leadership, I am actively involved in community service. This goes back to my statements of behavior and ethical leadership. I am achievement focused and believe it is my responsibility to help others, leader or not. The idea is, if I act, others will act, and as that happens I lead people and more people.
Overall, leadership is by example and fostered by respect. Do as you wish other to do and live how you would tell others to live. I’ve included my personal “work in progress” statements, because I don’t have it all figured out and I still have a lot I could improve on. By identifying what I see as important and what I personally do as a leader that is successful has helped me to identify where I can progress for the future.