Leadership Philosophy

Recently, I’ve really struggled with discovering my leadership philosophy. I have come to the realization I do not have one. Whether its because I’m not developed enough as a leader, or I’m not sure I believe in them, I can’t name one. However, what I can tell you is my leadership style. Internally I have been scared of naming my leadership style. I thought if I tried to put an imperfect fitting name I would be limiting or not living up to the style of leadership I label myself with. However, with help, I realized I do not need to label the style for me. I am doing it for other people, to tell and show them how I lead and the things I value.
Therefore, I fall into the Servant Leadership and Transformation Leadership categories. I more strongly align with Servant Leadership due to the want to serve others first.
Servant Leadership is generally defined as a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world. While, Transformational Leadership is defined as a leadership approach that causes change in individuals and social systems. In its ideal form, it creates valuable and positive change in followers; the end goal being focused on developing followers into leaders.
I relate to these two the most strongly because of my five values: Family, friends, trust, stability, and faith. All of these things have been engrained into my life and I value very highly above all else. Everything I do, and am comes from these five values. My family is the most important aspect of my life, friends following close behind. I also value trust, stability, and faith. To me they all tie together; the trust you have in people, the faith you place in yourself, others and the unknown. Yet, stability for how people feel in their relationship with me or in the unknown. I want people to feel like they can talk or rely on me so I can help them. My life revolves around others, it always has. I strongly believe in the power of others, the influence they have on you and the influence you have on them. I strive to be that rock for other people, help with their stability until they can find their own. I want people to understand that my faith makes me forge into life with trust and the knowledge of the unknown.
Another thing, I want people to understand myself and others, just as I try to be empathic to them. I strive to understand and know what makes someone tick. I want to know so I can more effectively help them. I use my values to support others and be what they may need in that moment. I transform to help them with their goals and values, even if they do not match my own. Every opinion and voice matters, we all matter, and we all deserve to feel like we matter. This is what I want to give to other people, at least the stability or faith of knowledge they matter to someone, whether it is me, a friend, or their family.
In conclusion, I struggled in the beginning but am taking faith in the name I give my leadership style. I use my values and beliefs to help others and be what they need. I put others before myself, and want to be as empathic as possible. I want to understand and make people feel like they matter. I want to grow alongside them, and be there to lend a hand when needed. I am a Servant and Transformational Leader; I may not be a perfect one, but I claim this title.


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