Personal Leadership Philosophy : What I Believe About Leadership

891 WordsMay 4, 20164 Pages
Personal Leadership Philosophy This is what I believe about leadership: it’s overrated. What I mean by this is that after 20 years of life, I have become numb to society’s leadership propaganda. As I stated in my original leadership philosophy two years ago, society has taught us to associate leadership with power and affluence, to picture a man in a suit so crisp his cuffs could paper cut your soul and a vivacious, yet somehow sternly reserved demeanor. Rarely, if ever, have a witnessed a “mediocre” student be called a leader; it is always the best, the brightest, and the most personable that are graced with the glorious label of leaders. They are held on a pedestal as if their characteristics are superior to those of others, revered to the point that they some otherworldly and their characteristics seem unachievable by the average Joe. I am not attempting to say that highly publicized leaders or presidents or CEOs are not leaders, I am saying that they are not any different than you or I. It is in my nature to counter the belief, to dub null and void the almighty concept of leadership as a reward or achievement and instead replace it with the idea that leadership is an innate trait. It’s not about being a leader; it’s about building on the qualities that make a leader. While reflecting on my beliefs and writing this paper, I noticed that Microsoft Word’s suggested synonyms for leadership include management, control, headship, and governance. This is a perfect example of
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