Essay on Charismatic Service : A Leadership Philosophy

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Charismatic Service: A Leadership Philosophy At the heart of any worthwhile leadership is a genuine concern for the well-being of those who are being led. Although this statement is true for any leadership style to be sustainably effective, it is particularly necessary for my personal philosophy when considering my values, beliefs and worldview. As a Reformed Christian and educational leader, the words of 1 Peter 4:10 express, very succinctly, the rule that characterizes my approach to leadership. Peter calls on people to, “use whatever gift [they] have received to serve others” (1 Peter 4:10 New International Version), in order to remain a faithful servant of God. There are two requirements in this verse. The first is to recognize the gift or talent one possesses, while the second is to use it to serve others. One of my professional strengths is being comfortable with people and understanding the communication of tone, gesture and body language. With much of my undergraduate studies focused on Dramatic Arts, I have spent a great deal of time in front of large crowds either acting, serving as a master of ceremonies, or giving educational addresses on various topics. Consequently, the charismatic style of leadership suits me well. The challenges that come with charismatic leadership are learning how to utilize it to serve others, avoiding self-admiration, and embracing humility (Evje, 2012, para. 2). If one can rise to meet these challenges, then there exists the…

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