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Leadership Philosophy

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Cody Burgamy
3-24-11
Ldr 1100

My philosophy of leadership is said best by Jim Rohn, he states: “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly”. This quote was the best all around representation of leadership that I could find. Jim starts the quote not with “the meaning of leadership” but with “the challenge of leadership”. In my eyes leadership has no written definition; instead it should be defined as simply a challenge, a challenge to push you and others around you to their absolute highest potential. To be at your highest potential you must look at this quote and break it down section by section. In this essay I will break down Jim Rohn’s quote to maybe help you understand my philosophy of leadership.

The quote begins with, “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude”. As leaders we should always have a strong personality, people should know that we are the leaders, that we can make the decisions. However, a strong personality can come off as rude in some instances; we have to find ways of communicating with others using strong character, without using rude inferences or gestures. The quote then goes on to say “be kind, but not weak; be bold but not bully”. We have to be kind to people and sympathize with them, they should be able to come and talk to us about anything or any problem they might have. However, we must be strong at the same time, any hint of weakness and people begin to doubt our ability to lead them. We have to be bold in our actions not indecisive and unsure; when everyone is doubtful we should be the one that knows what to do. People have to know that you mean business, but we can’t bully and boss people around. After awhile people begin to resent being bullied and then begin to doubt our ability to lead them.

Jim then goes on to say “Be...