Developing a Leadership Philosophy Essay

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Developing a Leadership Philosophy

It is very telling that one of our last activities focuses on reflection and communication. It is telling because these are the two characteristics emphasized throughout each of my leadership classes. Reflection deals with a leader’s ability to internalize learning. Communication incorporates a leader’s ability to develop relationships and influence them effectively. I firmly believe both characteristics are the keys to effective leadership. A number of experts concur believing that a leader must start with knowledge of oneself and develop that into an ability to communicate, share ideas, visions, and listen to others.

KNOWING ONESELF
Bolman and Deal (1994) summarize management and leadership as
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Bolman and Deal (2001) feel that crisis brings us face to face with our Soul. For me, crisis brings me face to face with God, and that brings me back to my foundation.

BEING TRUE TO THE MORAL COMPASS
George (2004) believes that effective leaders are simply authentic human beings. Again, the idea is to look with in oneself first and develop a viable foundation from which to work. People need to know where a leader stands. George (2004) puts it very simply, if people cannot trust a leader, they will not follow him. I wear my faith quite openly. My colleagues and students know I am a committed Christian by my actions. I do not evangelize in school, but people know they can come to me for straight, honest advice, knowing I will do the right thing by them. I believe I am respected for my unwavering approach to teaching, learning, and leading in a modern middle school. This does not mean all leaders must be Christians. Many Christian leaders leave their spiritual life at home. It means their internal source of energy, power must spring from a person’s spiritual side.

INCORPORATING AN OPEN HEART
Heifitz and Linsky (2002) feel it is important to lead with an open heart. They write that it is important to understand everyone is going to face disagreements and conflict resulting from adaptive challenges. Many leaders are tempted to take the easy way out and avoid conflict. Lencioni (2003)

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