People are made with many unique qualities that build their personalities and their general make up as a person. Leadership styles are just like people in the sense that it can be interpreted and built upon in many different ways. Though there is no ideal leadership style, anyone can develop their own ideal style/ philosophy that portrays their sense of leadership in a unique way. For me, my philosophy derives from the actions of inclusion where others can evolve by being involved. This being said, my philosophy is to lead by positively influencing and motivating followers to see the change they’re capable of by being engaged with others in an accountable environment.
As I came to the conclusion of my philosophy, I not only thought of how I was going to lead, but how I was going to affect those I was leading. Through the work of creating an honest level of trust, while allowing others to invest in the group and not only get to know themselves, but each other goes along with the inclusive trait of my approach. An example of this happened when I was a camp Counselor last year. Holding true to my values, creating an open environment where you can truly express yourself was the theme I portrayed with my campers. They discovered that they could do things they never put their minds to and discuss things they never thought they’d open up to. They discovered something about themselves during the week not from me but indirectly through each other. During night devotions, some campers felt comfortable enough to share stories and experiences that opened others eyes to the possibilities and differences they could make in this world. As they discovered themselves on a deeper level, they allowed each other to open up and evolve into new leaders.
As I found out what my philosophy was, LDR 200 opened me up to other approaches that were similar to mine. I identify myself with the Path-Goal Leadership theory, but do not limit myself to just this one. Within this theory it states that it enhances followers’ performance and satisfaction by focusing on motivating them. It defines goals, clarifies pathways, removes obstacles and provides support. Within this theory, I try to portray being a supportive and participative leader. Being friendly and approachable while inviting others to share in group decisions creates a pure and open environment for others to evolve and discovering something upon themselves they have yet to find (Northouse, 2004).
Leadership is ever changing. It is unique in its own way and in the way people portray and take it on. I believe that being able to push people in the right direction so they can encounter obstacles that they would rather never encounter, to discover something in themselves is important because you can continually re-evaluate yourself and build upon your character. Once you find your self, you can help others find themselves directly or indirectly. This is implemented through not just my help but the help of their peers or strangers through inclusion to create followers into leaders. My philosophy is to lead by positively influencing and motivating others to see the change they’re capable of by being engaged with others in an accountable setting, and, of course, with a smile on my face.