Personal Leadership: The Elements Of Personal Philosophy Of Leadership

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Elements of Personal Philosophy of Leadership A purposeful leader has a requirement where individuals must create within themselves something that other people desire to follow or be like. This is a very interesting comment that brings to mind a reality of behavior. For example, why did people follow Adolf Hitler? It was not for his looks or his personality; it was for his passion. Passion creates willingness in others to follow regardless if what they are pursuing is right or wrong. Initially, Adolf may have had some great ideas that people thought were of importance to them and society, but soon discernment disappeared and we see in history the results of Adolf Hitler’s leadership. Hitler’s passion was the core element to his success, and…show more content…
John C. Maxwell is known for his ability to show how scripture can come alive within the aspects of leadership. In our text book he talks about leading oneself. “Work on yourself before you work on others” and “Work on yourself more than you work on others”. (Maxwell, J. C., Pg. 42) Both quotes denote the idea that our formation of continuous growth depends upon the idea that we must lead our self-first; or in other words, be accountable to the idea that what we say, act, or even insinuate, leads others into believing that our leadership is something to be desired of or not. Accountability is a desired element because of the responsibility it exudes through its definition: “…an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions”. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2015) A leader will make many decisions, and if they are willing to stand by said decision, regardless of the outcome, and then their character will prove out to others that this is a person of honor. Being humble is another way to be accountable to others. Humbleness shows that a leader understands the idea that they do not know everything. A good leader creates a group of mentors around him that will provide guidance and accountability, through both the good and bad times, for the good of leading…show more content…
Theodore Roosevelt was quoted to say “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”. (www.goodreads.com) Proverbs 20:5 says “Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out”. (Bible, KJV) These two quotes are within the fabric of a belief system that starts out with the idea that “it is not about me”. Empathy is important because workers, or managers, will ‘feel’ from a leader, the fact that, he understands their experiences. As a leader, it is not just knowing with the mind, but feeling with the heart the experiences of people within their leadership. This is important because it shows the genuine character. Compassion follows empathy, which is “Sympathetic consciousness of other’s distress, together with a desire to alleviate it”. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2015) A leader that shows the ability to help create a better atmosphere for their managers, workers and even clients, will invoke confidence that their leader cares more about people than business. Caring about people, is the business, this will then inspire those same people to reflect such leadership character in their own sphere of
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