My Leadership Philosophy

I selected this topic since it contributes to my critical understanding of leadership. From the definition perspective, leadership is the ability to influence and guide employees or individuals within the organization to attain the goals and objectives of the company. A leader can be any individual imposed a position or title since they drive all the company’s activities to create a difference that becomes a legacy within the firm. Leaders obtain respect from their team and should act as role models to their subjects and future leaders. Additionally, leaders are the image of the company they work for, which contributes to the organizations’ general reputation and public image. Good leaders possess certain leadership traits and techniques that contribute to an effective or successful leader.

The most challenging task of leadership is the convincing part. For example, convincing individuals or a team why you are an effective leader who should be supported is always a very tiresome task. I think honesty is the most essential trait of a leader. In PMU, some students make promises they later fail to fulfill, making their leadership questionable. For example, a soccer game student leader is perceived to be an effective leader who is honest and straightforward in their dealings to win team trust. The false impression is very dangerous since the leader automatically loses the team’s trust when their expectations are unmet.

However, a successful leader is evaluated based on the output of their input that contributes towards the general development and performance of the company. This expounds on why transparency is essential in leadership through open communication with the people they lead. Team members or employees always feel motivated when engaged in company activities through open communication and being aware of the operations being undertaken within the company. When leaders act behind curtains without effective communication with the people they lead, their actions may receive little attention or success upon implementation. An effective leader must be competent to understand all that should be done within the organization. For example, how a leader communicates can easily be evidenced by the leader’s communication skills. On the other hand, the ability of a leader to connect with subordinates is vital in building a positive relationship, which is essential when managing the team

Leadership is not only based on management but on how leadership can contribute to a positive working environment to turn challenges into opportunities. The concept of leadership impacts teachers, students, parents, building staff, community and not narrowly on the general organization. Inadequate leadership traits and qualities will negatively impact the people they lead and the organization at large.

Leaders should have values that drive and describe their leadership styles which are vital to how they lead their subjects. Persistence, fairness, ethics, and rationality are key values that should drive to become more effective. According to my opinion, I strongly believe that these values are important because they provide a description of an effective leader who is logical and self-driven.

Finally, leaders cannot stand independently or always make the right decisions. Thus, leaders should be more receptive to subordinate ideas and opinions and have the capacity to delegate duties and powers to other team members. Moreover, no organization or firm expects to accommodate an incompetent leader who does not know what should be done and avoided. This is why leaders should be receptive to new ideas and suggestions since they may not always be correct. Delegation of duties is critical since it allows managers and leaders to attain their goals and objectives efficiently. It is the role of leaders to recognize what they may not be able to take care of and should be delegated efficiently.

Competency and certain leadership traits elucidate how a successful leader should be. Leaders must know the different leadership styles to be implemented in different situations. These leadership styles include; Autocratic, Laissez-fair, Democratic and Laissez-fair. First, an autocratic leader allows employees to realize their abilities or talents and how to incorporate them without further guidance from the leaders. Second, democratic leadership allows leaders to involve most of their employees in the decision-making process though leaders make the final decision, not the employees; thus, they only seek their ideas and opinions.

Lastly, a laissez-fair leadership style, also called the delegative style, allows employees to be part of the decision-making team. Therefore, leaders are always responsible for all decisions made within the organization using the three leadership styles presented above. Incompetent leaders tend to dominate on a single leadership style, leading to poor organizational development and performance towards attaining its set goals and objectives. I firmly believe, encourage and expect that my opinion and thinking will voice how an effective leader should be as it allows for new ideas and does not rule out creativity. However, I believe that I have no problem with making personal decisions toward attaining my own goals and objectives. Additionally, I believe I possess leadership attributes for a successful leader.

I strongly stand out that leadership has dominated good part of my life, therefore, my leadership philosophy provides a vital reflection on my daily actions and character. I can comfortably serve others in all leadership styles since I believe in individual opinions and ideas contributing to achieving organizational goals and objectives. Moreover, I firmly believe I can effectively lead a team without bias and ensure everyone is satisfied in the long run. 

Furthermore, effective leaders are always proactive since they develop and implement measures before an issue occurs in that company. Thus, leaders must earn trust, respect and commitment from their followers. I am aware of and know how I act in all situations since I believe that ethics and honesty are the important attributes of a successful and effective leader. Leadership is not about power but about how a leader views and influences others to work effectively to attain the set goals and objectives.