My Personal Leadership Philosophy Of Leadership

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Leadership is an influential word: and its meaning may differ from person to person. Some describe leadership as the people in the highest and most powerful positions within an organization. But as I look back on the positions I have held and the people I would consider leaders, the people I would choose to follow, they were not necessarily the higher ranked people in the organization. They were the people with vision and moral compass who moved the company forward. These people live by their own values and stayed true to these principles every day in their roles within the organization. Those who try to lead by intimidation are not actually leaders but managers, who will have some success in achieving goals but will …show more content…

1). Living as a responsible leader is not the easiest road to take. It requires one to keep in mind that leadership is often abused with the actions of power used for the sake of power. For example the environment created by Ken Lay during his 17-year run as CEO of Enron was an extreme case of irresponsible leadership. As Enron imploded from the disclosures of fraudulent accounting practices and criminal actions Lay’s response was that “he did not know about and had not authorized the improper actions” (MacDonald, 2011, p. 1). With this response Lay demonstrated his lack of understanding of what constitutes true leadership. The idea of responsible leadership fits well with one of my strengths, responsibility, identified by the strengths finder testing. According to strengths finder “People who are especially talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty” (Clifton, 2012, p. 12). This is a true statement when it comes to my work and personal behavior, I am steadfast on following through on my commitments. Furthermore, I take responsibility for things that go wrong in the course of a project. There are examples of this behavior in my workplace reaching back to my first job and in every job I have held since.
For ten years, beginning in my mid-twenties, I was employed by a small software development company in Massachusetts and at one point I

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