Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela

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History is sated with some of our forefathers’ dreams and aspirations. Many of whom are now considered great leaders. Several of these dreams were realized either while these great leaders were alive or after they died. It should be borne in mind that these aspirations were materialized because of firm beliefs and philosophies which were indoctrinated into the minds and crafted on the brains of their followers. “I have a dream” as laid down in the profound speech of Martin Luther King Jr. in August 1963; Ghandi’s belief of a changed Indian society; Nelson Mandela’s firm belief in freedom, to name a few, were realized decades after. However, undoubtedly these beliefs ‘dictated actions’, Bennett (2009). Though not a great philosopher or freedom fighter, it is without question that there are certain beliefs and philosophies that have informed my actions and belief system. Without these “anchors” it would be within reason to purport that leaders would be easily misguided and swayed by the “tide”. Beliefs and philosophies are therefore an integral part of any leadership. Beliefs and philosophy conceptualized One’s belief can be described as a conviction that influences one’s action. Further, it bolsters ones vision for fruition. Bennett (2009) offers that belief is “embedded in the mind and heart”. Moreover, “they are the root of purpose and action”. A leadership philosophy is the way leaders view themselves as leaders. This philosophy guides actions, behaviours, and thoughts. Leadership philosophies like beliefs can change as leaders grow to understand themselves within the context of leading. Most importantly, creating or finding one’s leadership philosophy means that one must explore and reflect upon personal values, as... ... middle of paper ... ... behaviour in construction. Chichester: Wiley- Blackwell Bennett,T. (2008). The true definition of belief. Retrieved from http://leadershipinc.com/the-true- definition-of-belief/493 Kehler, K. (2013). Nine principals of effective leadership. Retrieved from http://powertochange.com/discover/world/effectiveleadership/ Lunenburg, F. & Ornstein, A. (2004). Educational Administration: Concepts and Practices (4th ed.). Belmont: Wadsworth/Thompson Learning Lunenburg, F. & Ornstein, A. (2008). Educational Administration: Concepts and Practices (6th ed.). USA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning Spears, L. (2005).The understanding and practices of servant- leadership. Retrieved from http://regent.edu/acad/global/publications/sl_proceedings/2005/spears_practice.pdf Seyfarth, J. (2008). Human resource leadership for effective schools (5th ed.). New York: Pearson
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