My Leadership Philosophy: Philosophy And Philosophy Of Leadership

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The foundation of my leadership philosophy is that a great leader knows his or her subordinates and is able to adapt to the subordinates. Leadership is a fundamentally human endeavor; the subordinates accomplish goals and the role of a leader is to motivate subordinates to achieve goals. According to the “Path-goal theory,” leaders should adapt their leadership styles to their subordinates and help them to choose the best path for achieving their goals (Wikipedia, 2016). From the interview experience with a retail store manager, I also learned that a great leader should be flexible in leadership styles depend on different situations and people.
None of leaders is born to be great; leadership also needs practice. There are five core practices to be an effective leader. Five common concepts of “The Leadership Challenge” are: challenge the process, inspire a shared vision, enable others to act, model the way, and encourage the heart (Wikipedia, 2016).
“Challenge the process” is about searching for opportunities and taking risks (Kouzes and Posner, 2008). Great leaders have risk tolerance ability which is challengeable, and mistakes are inevitable in this process. However, I am afraid of making mistakes because education system in my country is too much focusing on
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Leaders believe that they can make a difference and create a better future. Change can be stressful, but leaders need to inspire and lead followers to have our common goal instead of my goal. To do so, effective communication skills are required to inspire and encourage people. For example, Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech was a symbol of the Civil Right Movements in the 1960s and influenced 250,000 people to fight for racial justice (Wikipedia, 2016). Good presentation skills will help me to identify myself effectively both in academic life and social

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