The first person that you're responsible for leading is yourself. Strong teams in your organization will follow.
July 23, 2021
by Angela Kambouris, 2021
Personal leadership is an essential component in today’s organizations, the backbone of quality management and team-based operations. What often separates forward-thinking organizations from others is the groundbreaking activity of personal leadership. The future of organizations is where everyone is a leader.
Developing personal leadership qualities is built upon the foundation of self-leadership, self-respect and self-management. How you invest in your self-leadership and strengthen your power can be the catalyst for trust to be born and nurtured within a team.
Leadership today is about impact, influence and inspiration within a team. The real power comes from how authentically you can hold a team together, generate enthusiasm and make a genuine difference in the lives of others. Here is how to get started.
Your written “handshake” with the organization
To be a leader, you must appreciate who you are and what you expect to best influence momentum in others. A leadership philosophy is a vital tool for the U.S. Army leadership to communicate their identity with the people they lead and convey standards and expectations to all members.
By defining your philosophy, leaders have a deeper understanding of who they are, their character and how they interact with others and various situations. Your team will be clear about what you value, how you will respond in certain circumstances and what to expect when workplace tension arrives.
To create your philosophy, consider exploring what you value. What is it that you hold dear? Explore what values you think make a great leader and determine your strengths and areas of development. As a leader, identify the outcomes and turn these critical elements into your philosophy statement.
Create a personal leadership-development plan
Leadership development is not static. Leaders must adapt and grow to stay relevant. One of the best tools to help you define and direct your career goals is to design a leadership-development plan. The essence of a plan includes defining your career vision by exploring:
How do you want your career to add to your overall satisfaction?
Describe how you want to make an impact on your team.
Define what you would know was achieved.
What evidence do you need to know you have reached the impact you wanted?