Leadership Philosophy

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How I see my leadership philosophy evolving

All leadership philosophies evolve over time. Whether it’s from positive or negative experiences a change is inevitable. The purpose of this paper is to explain how my leadership philosophy has evolved from a direct to an organizational-level leader. I will briefly discuss a few areas to support my argument and which I have personally seen growth within myself. My salient points are organizational leadership and focus, self and situational awareness and adaptability. Organizational leadership and focus in my opinion are the key elements to a successful cohesive unit. Leaders develop programs, systems and plans. This has been the easiest trait to identify change as now I’m responsible for implementing the above and making recommendations that will affect battalions under my oversight. It is important to provide focus and a clear intent to aid in execution. As an organizational-level leader, this will/may include providing purpose to a staff to allow them to maintain a pulse of the organization and enable them to understand what is happening higher and to subordinate units. This is a definite change as up to this point it was pretty much spelled out for me with little room for deviation. You are left to react to what it is they want and have little room for personalizing. Knowing yourself and what is needed to maximize effectiveness of those around you are crucial in a leader. Leaders need to understand their style and behavior and how it will affect the organization. I believe most leaders fail to realize the subtle difference between the two and have a tendency to merge them together. I understand the difference as what I say and what I do respectively. For me it is important to minimize the gap between the two and set the standard for excellence. I have always had the ability to clearly lay out what it is I expect from my unit, section or team and what they can expect from me. It is a time to get...
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