In today’s work force a manager must be able to foster the necessary changes impeding the future growth of the company. Having a spirit of servanthood can be beneficial for employees to witness because it can become contagious. A manager must take the lead with their vision, passion, and a positive attitude to engage employees with impeding changes. This paper will focus on how past actions developed my personal ‘Leadership Philosophy’ and how it relates to becoming a change agent. The definition of a “Change Agent” as suggested by Dennis Stevenson is someone who aspires to alter human capability or organizational systems to achieve a higher degree of output or self actualization (Stevenson, 2008). As a professional leader, knowing how to cope with peoples fear and uncertainty is a process that is developed through their own life experience. My personal life experiences have led to my personal leadership philosophy based on how past experiences cannot be used as a preconceived notion of a person’s future outcome. However, the past can be used as a stepping stone to future works. My personal leadership philosophy is: “It does not matter where you come from, as long as it is in the rear view mirror”. As a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in the military, it was my privilege to mentor Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO). Most Airmen choose to join the military instead of college because they did not have the means to go to school. It was my duty asses new Airmen on their education needs once they completed the required on-the- job training. Most of them felt tired and overwhelmed once they were finished with their basic training, and did not have the desire to continue to get educated. It was during those sessions that I would reflect on my own personal disappointments on not finishing college which solidified my need to return to school. As time passed and I was closer to finishing my degree, I would often share the story of when I was a younger...
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