My Leadership Philosophy Of Leadership

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Every individual has his or her own definition of leadership. In order to develop my leadership philosophy, I needed to describe leadership in my own words. Simply put, leadership is taking ownership, setting a positive example, and motivating those in your unit to follow your lead. In addition to understanding leadership, the USAF core values and personal experiences have helped shape my leadership philosophy: Moral courage – commitment to achieving organizational greatness through teamwork, caring, and trust. Since childhood, my family, peers, superiors, and subordinates have influenced my values, beliefs, and principles turning me into the person I am today. Primarily, the United States Air Force (USAF) has engrained in me how…show more content…
In addition to the core values, personal experiences throughout my Air Force career have shaped my leadership philosophy, mainly through the observation of different leaders. Hence, my upbringing, the USAF core values, and personal experiences have laid the foundation for my leadership philosophy. I will discuss in the succeeding paragraphs those leadership traits essential to my leadership philosophy. Moral courage is the bedrock of my leadership philosophy. Merriam-Webster defines courage as the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. In other words, moral courage means to make the right decisions for the greater good of the unit. Doing the right thing takes moral courage, especially if the action the leader is taking is unpopular. This may even include risking your career to stay true to your own values and beliefs. One example that reinforces the importance of moral courage is that of Col H.R. McMaster during his time in Iraq when he made a profound impact on Army tactics. Although his superiors did not agree with him, he stayed true to his values to fix the broken process. However, it came at the expense being passed over twice for promotion. It comes down to putting the unit before yourself. Col John Boyd once said, “To be somebody or to do something.” His words have resonated with
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