Leadership Philosophy

Leadership does not simply come from holding a position of high status. Leadership derives from core values and morals and is translated into a passion to spark a movement. To be a leader one must have followers; they come from support and having the same values and beliefs. Followers are essential in leadership because they steer the leader in certain directions based on their feedback and response to change. Also, the followers decide who the leader is and could stop following them at any given moment, making them not a leader anymore. It is essential for a leader to make decisions that are in the best interests of their followers. My leadership theory is most like the Transformational Leadership Theory, introduced by James MacGregor Burns and further elaborated on by Bernard M. Bass, because people follow those who give them inspiration and positive vibes.

Without leadership, there is no one to step up and take initiative during situations or in team meetings. The best types of leaders have ideas and share them with their followers and take feedback based on the information they have presented. I want my legacy as a leader to be known as kind, energetic, and impactful. I want to be the type of person that others look up to and say that I am their role model based on my values and actions. According to the Behavioral Approach, there are five different styles on the leadership grid. I believe the most effective style is the Team Style because it drives home the point that accomplishing goals are important, but so is treating and caring for people equally. When working as a team leader for a group project, it is important to stress the need for the project to get done and be of high quality, but it is just as equally important to divide the work up fairly and treat others with respect and listen to their input. By doing this, followers will listen and put forth effort because they will feel valued, respected, and appreciated. To the leader, followers should not be seen as just followers, but as equal individuals so they are not overcome with a sense of superiority. When working in groups, my favorite types of leaders are those who have a position of higher status, but they do not treat others as subordinates. Those are the types of leaders that followers genuinely listen to.

Overall, leadership is important to have to establish direction, vision, and map out a plan. They should serve as a role model and genuinely listen to others for feedback for ways of improving or receiving new ideas. Communication and respect are essential in leadership because to carry out ideas to others, and it has to be done efficiently and in satisfactory manner. My leadership theory most resembles the Transformational Leadership Theory because I believe that followers drive a leader and it is important they understand their follower’s strengths and weaknesses as well as serve as a role model.