Leadership Philosophy

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“Everyone should have a belief in something, I just happen to believe in leadership”

Without leadership, there would be no advancement in the world we have today. Good leaders and even bad leaders have raised to power over the centuries and built everything we have in today’s world. Leadership matters. It comes in so many different forms, that any single person has the ability to rise up as one and continue to shape the world that we live in today. So many leaders today forget the reason why they are leading, it is important to recognize the importance of leading a group of people, and to encourage others to do the same. My leadership philosophy is earning credibility and trust from your followers, to accept everyone and believe in others just as much as you believe in yourself.

To be a leader, credibility and trust is the most important aspect in my opinion. Without ethos, you may be considered the opposite of a leader. Without ethos, people may see you as someone who does not have the capability to form valuable arguments or ideas. Leaders must contain the morals and accountability to tell people their beliefs. Without it, no one is going to listen to the words that they speak. It is important for the people following you to trust you and to know fully that you know what you are talking about. In debate class, we learned that Aristotle believed ethos was the most important aspect of influencing people to do what you want them to do. I have always believed this growing up. For example, in high school, I had a hard time listening to one of my softball captains because she went out and partied every weekend. She was a hypocrite, she preached to us not to party during softball season, even though she went out every weekend. It made my teammates not follow her because she had no credibility. People listen to leaders who prove they are trustworthy; without ethos, a leader cannot lead, no matter how powerful they may be. If you are not credible, no one will listen.

Another important aspect of leadership, in my opinion, is accepting every single person that you come across. Today, all over the world, people are discriminated against. To be a leader is to act as a moral person. A moral person accepts everyone for who they are no matter race, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. An example that really portrays accepting others no matter who they are is my Rotaract club. We have many foreign exchange students in our club. Our club does an amazing job making sure everyone around us feels welcomed. During the Chinese New Year, our president asked the Chinese students to put together a presentation about their culture to share with our club. We also went to an Indian restaurant with the foreign exchange students from India to learn more about their culture. It allowed for everyone in the club to have a better understanding of each other. It showed me that as a leader it is important to make sure everyone’s voice is heard. I also, read a blog by Mindy Collado, about her leadership philosophy. What stood out to me was the part where she mentioned how she wanted to accept other people’s ideas. This made me think about how I believe in accepting others. I believe that accepting everyone’s ideas is important and I also believe accepting everyone as an individual is vital, too. Leaders are accepting to all, not just those who choose to follow them, however, everyone they meet. If you do not accept others as who they are you are not a true leader; people may follow you, however, you do not deserve the title as a good leader. Accepting everyone shows your versatility as a person who cares, and who is smart enough to realize every single person matters.Lastly, it is extremely important to believe in others as a leader. Believing in yourself is important, however, believing in your followers is even more important. If you do not believe in who you are leading, then nothing will get done. You are not a superhuman; you cannot get everything imaginable done in a day by yourself. You need people to help you along the way to making an impact.  During high school, I struggled with believing in others. My type A personality caused me to feel like I could not trust anyone to do the job how I wanted it done. I eventually in college trained myself to trust other people, it was such a relief to be able to delegate my projects and believe that the job would get done. The way I accomplished trusting other people is through workshops. The biggest help was Spark Leadership. There, I reflected on my leadership style and realized what I was doing wrong. I eventually came to the conclusion that I wanted my leadership style to transform into something where I believed other people could accomplish the same things as I could. I learned that other people’s ideas matter, and most of the time their idea was even better than my own. It is so important to see the good in other people. You must believe in your followers like you believe in yourself.

Lastly, it is extremely important to believe in others as a leader. Believing in yourself is important, however, believing in your followers is even more important. If you do not believe in who you are leading, then nothing will get done. You are not a superhuman; you cannot get everything imaginable done in a day by yourself. You need people to help you along the way to making an impact.  During high school, I struggled with believing in others. My type A personality caused me to feel like I could not trust anyone to do the job how I wanted it done. I eventually in college trained myself to trust other people, it was such a relief to be able to delegate my projects and believe that the job would get done. The way I accomplished trusting other people is through workshops. The biggest help was Spark Leadership. There, I reflected on my leadership style and realized what I was doing wrong. I eventually came to the conclusion that I wanted my leadership style to transform into something where I believed other people could accomplish the same things as I could. I learned that other people’s ideas matter, and most of the time their idea was even better than my own. It is so important to see the good in other people. You must believe in your followers like you believe in yourself.

My leadership philosophy is earning credibility, accepting everyone and believing in everyone’s abilities as much as I do in mine. Leadership is a born talent; however, it is also possible to grow into a leader. Everyone should have a belief in something, I just happen to believe in leadership. I believe it is the hope for generations to come. Rising leaders will turn around how the world works today into something amazing. Recognizing my leadership philosophy now is just the next step to changing the world.

Works Cited

Collado, Mindy. “Leadership Philosophy.” Web log post. Mindy Collado. Wix.com, 2015. Web. 27 Feb. 2017. <http://calom38.wixsite.com/mindy-collado/about1&gt;.

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