As complex and encompassing the subject of leadership maybe, having completed the course Managing Human Capital under Professor Susan Schell gives me a slight advantage in understanding leadership. The course requirements included reading Stephen Young’s book, Micromessaging, taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Inventory. This exposure has provided me with a clear perspective on this subject. To present my personal leadership philosophy, I will discuss these areas: my view of leadership, my LPI profile summary, and my leadership development plan. My View of Leadership
The knowledge I gained by taking Susan Schell’s course provided me with sources of information that helped me derive at my view of leadership. As a result, I strongly feel that by obtaining a total understanding of me is essential in becoming an effective leader. Taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Multiple Intelligences Inventory were necessary assignments because they both gave accurate views of my strengths, weaknesses, and development needs. I know that it is imperative that I engage in regular self-assessment so I can constantly learn, expand upon my strengths, and address my weaknesses because the more I know about myself the better I can lead others. Thus, I have whole heartily adopted Schell’s belief that knowing thyself is the first rule of leadership. (Schell, 2012)
My assumption about acquiring great leadership skills is partially based on Schell’s belief that knowing others is the second rule of leadership. (Schell, 2012) I firmly believe that by knowing my subordinates, I will be able to communicate with them on a more productive level because I will know their educational background, work experiences, and other pertinent information they bring to the table. Furthermore, I will become tuned in to their needs such as the need for genuine concern and respect; to be recognized and rewarded for a job well done; and to experience the joy of carrying out a goal to a tangible end. I also think that I must display my true values and beliefs because if there is a gap between what I say I will do, and what I do, could easily compromise my trustworthiness and creditability. I conceive that the bottom line for being the best leader ever is to know others to point where they are inspired by you and will be self-motivated to do the right thing. Using Positive Micromessages
Reading Young’s book was enlightening and brought clarity and perspective to my view of leadership. I feel that I can understand human behavior in a more precise way by observing and analyzing the subtle micromessages that I am sending to or receiving from my subordinates. My goal of mastering positive micromessages and becoming a leader that others will want to follow was validated by Young’s statement, “Micromessaging is the soul of leadership and leadership is the primary driver of performance.” (Young, 2007) Modeling Company Culture
In my opinion, another vital part of being an effective leader is being aware of the company’s culture and to model it daily. Since the culture of a company begins with the leader, I must generate strong values and principles similar to that of the company. I’m positive that my subordinates will embrace the company’s culture after seeing how strongly my values align with the company values, and how I communicate them clearly and fairly. The culture of the company may change through innovation and the hiring people of diverse personnel. Therefore, I am certain that to be a productive leader, I must always stay abreast of the company culture. How My Views Impact My Leadership
My repertoire of knowledge on the topic of leadership has impacted my current leadership role in a positive way and hopefully my future role. I realize my commitment to develop a harmonious work environment and to foster a rapport between myself and by subordinates...