Assignment: Personal Leadership Philosophies

Many of us can think of leaders we have come to admire, be they historical figures, pillars of the industry we work in, or leaders we know personally. The leadership of individuals such as Abraham Lincoln and Margaret Thatcher has been studied and discussed repeatedly. However, you may have interacted with leaders you feel demonstrated equally competent leadership without ever having a book written about their approaches.

What makes great leaders great? Every leader is different, of course, but one area of commonality is the leadership philosophy that great leaders develop and practice. A leadership philosophy is basically an attitude held by leaders that acts as a guiding principle for their behavior. While formal theories on leadership continue to evolve over time, great leaders seem to adhere to an overarching philosophy that steers their actions.

What is your leadership philosophy? In this Assignment, you will explore what guides your own leadership.

To Prepare:

  • Identify two to three scholarly resources, in      addition to this Module’s readings, that evaluate the impact of leadership      behaviors in creating healthy work environments.
  • Reflect on the leadership behaviors presented      in the three resources that you selected for review.
  • Reflect on your results of the CliftonStrengths      Assessment, and consider how the results relate to your leadership traits.

The Assignment (2-3 pages):

Personal Leadership Philosophies

Develop and submit a personal leadership philosophy that reflects what you think are characteristics of a good leader. Use the scholarly resources on leadership you selected to support your philosophy statement. Your personal leadership philosophy should include the following:

  • A description of your core values
  • A personal mission/vision statement
  • An analysis of your CliftonStrengths Assessment      summarizing the results of your profile
  • A description of two key behaviors that you      wish to strengthen
  • A development plan that explains how you plan      to improve upon the two key behaviors you selected and an explanation of      how you plan to achieve your personal vision. Be specific and provide      examples.
  • Topics:      (Refer to the Assignment Rubric). Use the Suggested Format for this      assignment.
    • Description       of Core Values and Personal Mission/Vision Statement
    • Analysis       of the CliftonStrengths Assessment 
    • Description       of Key Behaviors to Strengthen
    • Development       Plans to improve Selected Key Behaviors to achieve Personal Vision.

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