Personal Leadership Philosophy

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My Personal Leadership Philosophy

My definition of leadership

My father once told me that, “everything we do— be it in academia, at work, social or family life—we are guided by principles, beliefs and values that collectively form our ideology of life.” I believe that every leader, to a certain extent, is shaped through her individual personal experience. Although in some cases, we may not realize to what extent our personal assumptions and beliefs shape our ability to lead or be led.

In my opinion the term leadership is a very broad and various definitions are given by authors. One definition of leadership is that it is “ the process of developing and communicating a vision for the future, motivating people and gaining their
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Peters( 2001) argues that honesty is key to the relationship between a leader her followers. Stating that people tend to follow those that they trust and believe have individual’s interests at heart. I concur with Peters, once trust ceases to exists the leader loses credibility with her followers. This could lead to a complete breakdown in communication and subordinates shunning the leader.

In an organization, I feel a leader also acts as a translator and mediator between top management and lower levels. I believe a leader has the responsibility to be a filter and translates relevant information from top management to lower level staff, and vice versa. As such there will be instances where the leader will have to act as a sieve to filter necessary information that is relevant to lower levels, which may be viewed as omission of truth by subordinates. However in an organization not all information should be privy to everyone and the leader has to have the sense to be a buffer of information.

Leadership at its core is based on a relationship between a leader and followers, once the group loses respect for their leader and perceive them to be dishonest this could potentially have a negative impact on the organisation as a whole. Honesty especially in the media industry where we are bound by codes of ethics, and policies is important. An unethical leader could bring the whole organization to disrepute, in an industry where credibility and integrity are essential.
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