My Personal Philosophy Of Leadership

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The insufficiencies of effective leadership that exist in today’s organizations have led me to pursue my journey into leadership. I have experienced first-hand the devastation the lack of leadership can bring to a company, from micro-managers to in-group favoritism and toxic leadership. All of these types of leaders bring company moral down and have the ability to sink an organization.
I must first be a good follower in order to become a good leader. I learned this through the course of my studies in Organizational Leadership. I realized that I have always been a leader in many ways. Not in your traditional corporate setting, but in my everyday life. Some of my leadership characteristics stem from childhood; nevertheless my leadership development
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It is concerned with how the leader affects the follower. Without influence, leadership doesn’t exist. (Northouse, 2012) I feel leadership is standing up for what you believe is right and not succumbing to the negative influences of everyday life while influencing others to do the same along the way. This brings me to my personal philosophy of leadership. It is to lead by example and promote respect and equality to achieve continued personal growth and happiness in myself and followers. In order for me to have this philosophy on leadership, I had to discover myself first. I do not believe I could lead without knowing myself and knowing how to deal with my emotions. A leader that possesses emotional intelligence knows their self, controls their self, and looks for ways to improve (Cohn & Moran, 2011). From taking this leadership course, I have begun to understand myself in ways I never knew I could. I recognize why I do some of the things I do and why I react to people and situations the way I react. This is a very important part of becoming an effective leader. The moral values I have come deep from within. These are the values that I feel most motivated by. They evoke the most emotion or concern in me when violated. I found that happiness and justice rule my world. If these two things are satisfied, I feel whole. This brings me to one of my core values, happiness. It is essential for me to function authentically. When I am happy, I have…show more content…
My ethical guidelines are to do good, to do no harm, respect all, fairness, and justice for all. I realize the value and importance of effective leadership. I encourage others to recognize the qualities of a good leader and how they can become one too. I inspire people to have the courage to stand up for what is right and take action when needed. For example, at my previous employer, I can recall numerous times of our Human Resource person divulging personal information of employees to other co-workers he or she was close with. As I was sitting at my desk, I overheard talking about another employee who had to leave work to be treated for an STD. I was shocked. I knew if the employee found out that the entire front office knew of his or her personal issue, it could be devastating to them. Not only that, I thought that if our Human Resource person is sharing this information about another employee, what personal information might she be sharing with others about me. Other instances that have occurred where personal information was not kept private consist of; child support issues, garnishment of wages, and drug test results. I was appalled about all of this information I knew of other employees personal issues and should not. I ended up reporting the confidentiality breach to my direct supervisor so the Human Resource person could
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