Friday, November 24th, 2017

Be Yourself

FINDING OUT WHO YOU ARE

You can’t be yourself if you don’t know, understand, and accept yourself first. This should be one of your primary goals. Don’t be concerned with how others perceive you. Be confident in who you are and what you stand for or represent. Your PRINCIPLES, CORE VALUES, and CONVICTIONS all make up who you are. Your INTEGRITY, WILL, CHARACTER, and PERSONALITY ultimately set you apart. Your LEADERSHIP STYLE and PHILOSOPHY are important parts of who you are.

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LEADERSHIP STYLES

Leadership style is your manner or approach of providing direction, implementing plans, or motivating people. Your style is the way you deliver your message.

Participative or Democratic Style – Encourages participants to be part of the decision making process. Although democratic leaders make the final decisions, they invite other members of the team to contribute to the decision-making process. This not only increases job satisfaction by involving team members, but it also helps to develop people’s skills.

Authoritarian or Autocratic Leadership Style – Coaching behavior that involves independent decision making and stresses personal authority. It is a more dominating approach. This approach entails the coach or leader determining rules, rewards, and decisions. There is little empathy with this style.

Transformational Leadership – Very passionate and enthusiastic in delivery and constantly share vision of the future. This can also be described as visionary leadership.

Transactional Leadership Style – This style of leadership starts with the idea that team members agree to obey their leader totally when they accept a job. The “transaction” is usually the organization paying the team members in return for their effort and compliance. The leader has a right to “punish” team members if their work doesn’t meet the pre-determined standard.

Situational Leadership Style – The situation dictates the approach taken. Situational factors such as personnel, environment, and working conditions influence decision making.

Servant Leadership Style – Servant leaders place other peoples’ needs, aspirations, and interests above their own. The main purpose is to serve first, not lead. This approach emphasizes teamwork and community. Intrinsic motivated individuals best fit this style of leadership.

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LEADERSHIP PHILOSOPHY

As a leader, you must establish or create you personal philosophy. This is your belief system, your core values, your principles. In essence, who you are and what you stand for.

Key components

  • What you believe about people
  • What you believe about life
  • What you believe makes organizations or groups run effectively

- Significant purpose

- Compelling Vision

- Guiding Principles