I was glad to learn that people see me as a trust-worthy, determined, diligent and empathic. That is what I also consider to be my strong professional sides. The question on the leadership questionnaire that I scored the lowest on was in regards to being outgoing. One of the factors on leadership trait model is extraversion. You can really think of a very few modern leaders who are not sociable and extroverts. Nevertheless, I am more reserved, due to, probably, my cultural background. It is known that people from Northern Eastern Europe (Russian in particular) show less scores on performance orientation, less achievement driven and highly focused on collectivism and relationships inside the group as well as providing support to co-workers (Northouse, 2016, p.437). People might consider me quit or shy, only because I am not loud and chatty. This is also a characteristic of my eastern European culture and the way I was brought up.
What is leadership? Most people have their own unique opinions regarding what they feel the answer to the previous question should be, but who is to say they are right, and that their thoughts on leadership are “ideal?” The vast majority of true leaders takes an amalgam of leadership styles and apply these styles fit their unique situations.
Most of us, as individuals, make conscious decisions every day, which impact the way we live our lives. Based on the information we have obtained we make the best choice possible for ourselves, we develop a philosophy regarding that certain subject. For example, some may live by the philosophy of eating only organic foods. Other may have a philosophy regarding politics, and some may just adopt existing philosophies regarding the subject they are interested in. The following is a personal philosophy of leadership. This philosophy of leadership is not intended to be a “one size fits all”; it is a personal creation of beliefs, knowledge, and real-life experiences.
I define Leadership as a person’s ability to guide or shepherd a herd through/to a common destination – a destination of common beliefs. The leader possesses qualities/traits that can persuade others to follow them because they believe and trust them – regardless of their “human” traits and imperfections. The herd trusts that they will stay on course to the common destination.
There are many ways you can define leadership, the basic definition for leadership is the action of leading a group of people or an organization "Leadership." I feel as if leadership is beyond just that. Leadership is not only about leading people, but inspiring people to better themselves or even being a person they look up to and trust. This is why I feel that leadership has an infinite amount of definitions.
Leaders do not just appear out of thin air and automatically start making great things happen in the world. A leader must learn from prior leaders or role models that they are surrounded by that they look up to. Not everyone can be a leader, only some people have the correct characteristics it takes to lead others in the right direction. Those who do great things, for example volunteering at a homeless shelter, are not leaders. Many people mistake a “great person” as being a leader, which is completely incorrect (Kouzes and Posner, p. 3). While playing an active role in your community is a positive thing it does not make someone a leader of that community. All leaders have a group of people they have inspiration too and that is a good way of determining who your personal leaders are. My mother, brother, and grandfather are my leaders because I have always looked up to them and tried to mimic some of the great things that I have seen them do. My mother has always been an independent women with goals and an action plan to accomplish those set goals. Stephen, my elder brother, is outgoing and tends to have a leveled head when it comes to evaluating stressful situations. My grandfather is the most caring person I know and he is amazing at keeping situations under control in order to please everyone. These are all the qualities I want to combine into my own leadership style. I know I am not a efficient leader of these actions yet, but I plan on growing into this as I more on into my career, fulfill my set goals, and adjust to the curve-balls that life throws at me.
As our text says, there is no one definitive definition that best encapsulates the true nature of what “leadership” really is. For me, I would define leadership as the ability to influence and share with others the understanding of how something is to be done in order to accomplish a particular goal, task, or objective. Leadership doesn’t necessarily mean “to lead”. As mentioned in our previous class, anyone can be a leader. You don’t have to be in a position of power to display active leadership. Leadership is an ability that we can learn, improve upon, and share as we grow as individuals. Leaders may not all share the same vision and purpose but they all have the power to influence others in the way they choose to act, behave, and make decisions. This is how I see leadership to be based on my own beliefs and experiences.
Leadership is the action of leading a group of people or an organization. In this day and age we as a world need more leaders. Leaders can be innovators, entrepreneurs, workers, and just normal everyday people. A leader doesn 't have to be the president of an organization, but has to have the ability to motivate and lead people to be their best selves. Leaders always have great qualities and they love helping those in need.
Leadership is all about having the right amount of heart and determination to help make a difference in someone’s life. It takes certain qualities to be considered a good leader. A leader should want to help inspire others to make a change and to be the best that they can be. A true leader does not need to feel powerful, instead they empower those around them. Throughout my life I have come across various leaders who have made an impact on my life. It takes a very special person to inspire and touch people’s lives. Leadership is so much deeper than having power and bossing people around.