When you look in the mirror, you see a reflection of your physical self. But wouldn’t it be neat if you were to look at yourself through a specific mirror and see a reflection of your personal leadership style? It would show your highest values, your contributions as a leader, characteristics that make you distinct as a leader, and so much more. Due to the fact that no such mirror exists, yet, I am simply going to share. My authentic ideas about leadership are that it should be designed in order to lead people to becoming more comfortable and confident in their own skin and the environments in which they reside.
Some may call it my ‘Leadership Philosophy,’ I merely call it my daily way of living. To me it isn’t a way of mind that I use when simply approaching ‘leadership’ filled positions, it is a state of mind that I carry with me day in and day out. I have this leadership philosophy (we shall call it such) because I personally want to aid others in becoming better versions of themselves.
One example of this would my friend and I working towards getting ourselves more in-shape, more flexible, etc. We don’t like to call it a diet, but rather a Better Me Plan. We are able to encourage each other, keeping each other on track physically through yoga practices together, eating healthy, and embrassing and loving our bodies through fashion. One way I am able to help others is by knowing how to help myself. I am by no means where I would like to be physically/spiritually, however if I know how to take care of myself, the more I am able to help others to the same. When I learn something, I like to share my knowledge with those who I think could also benefit.
While learning more about myself I reflected that I am leader filled with creativity, adventure, authenticity, passion, spirituality, personal growth… the list goes on. Under the leadership style of a servant leader is where I find myself most fitting. According to Peter G. Northouse, in his book Leadership Theory and Practice: Sixth Edition, the ten characteristics of a servant leader are: “listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment and building community” (Northouse, 221-223).
While I love volunteering my time, I especially find myself wanting to help others help themselves. The old Chinese proverb brings forth the concept of give a man a fish will merely feed him for a day. However teaching a man to fish will indeed feed him for a lifetime. I personally believe that teaching others how to better themselves allows them to take their health and environment into their own hands and they are able to take pride in what they do.
I believe this conglomeration of a leadership philosophy best suits me, and where I want to see my impact fall into on this Earth. I want people to be aware of what they are putting into their body and how it rightfully affects them personally. I want people to recycle without hesitation. I want people to be more intact with the world in which surrounds them. I want fashion to be a way in which individuals confidentially express themselves freely, without judgment. I want to instill the happiness I have found, on the individuals in which I come in contact with. And I will.