PERSONAL LEADERSHIP PHILOSOPHY 6
Theimportance of leadership cannot be understated as far as the progressof any entity is concerned. Leadership underlines the process ofsocial influence where an individual is capable of enlisting thesupport of other people in achieving a common goal. Needless to say,every individual has a distinctive leadership approach or philosophy,which defines the things that an individual expects, his values, aswell as the manner in which he or she acts with regard to differentissues. Numerous literary works have been written regardingleadership and leadership philosophy. My personal leadershipphilosophy has revolved around servant leadership, where everystakeholder is involved in the decision-making and coming up with theappropriate values and courses of action. This must also involveinspiring one’s followers to take a stand, as well as inspirededication in them. This is perfectly supported in the bibleparticularly in Mark 10: 42, where he stated that “AndJesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those whoare considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and theirgreat ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so amongyou. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, andwhoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even theSon of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his lifeas a ransom for many”.Similar sentiments are expressed in John 13: 12-15, where Jesuscommanded his servants to wash the feet of the followers just as hehad done to them despite being their leader. On the same note, Jesusimpressed upon them in Mark 10: 45 and stated that “Foreven the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to givehis life as a ransom for many.”
Adair,J. E. (2009). Effectiveleadership: How to be a successful leader.London: Pan.
Inthis book, Adair demonstrates that every leader or manager has thecapacity to learn to lead. He acknowledges that leaders play crucialroles in the contemporary human society’s lives, and that effectiveleaders would not only analyze, appraise and control but alsoinspire, encourage and improve. This books allows for thecomprehension of leadership and the characteristics fundamental foreffectiveness, as well as how leadership skills are put intopractice.
Burns,J. M. G. (2012). Leadership.New York, NY: Open Road Integrated Media.
Inthis book, Burns explores the qualities or aspects that make someleaders in America and beyond be successful as transformativeleaders. He undertakes a historical analysis and provides a clearperspective regarding the persuasive capability, vision and charismaof people that have the capacity to imbue their followers with commonsense of purpose.
Gardner,J (1993). On leadership. New York: Simon and Schuster
Inthis book, Gardner explores the meaning of leadership and underlinesthe importance of fundamental comprehension of the concept as appliedacross varied sectors within the society. He underlines the fact thatleadership is embedded on vision, the relevance of which is based onits being deeply embedded in tradition and human history. It has toaim at living up to the best of the past and attaining goals yet tobe achieved with regard to the global responsibilities and domesticproblems.
Sadler,P. (2003). Leadership.London: Kogan Page Ltd.
Sadlernotes the fundamental nature of leadership in determining thesustainability of any entity. He uses varied examples from the realworld to determine the features of effective leaders. In addition, heoffers insights into the definition of leadership, the culturalvariations that exist in the styles of leadership, as well as themost appropriate ways of selecting and developing leaders in thefuture.
Northouse,P. G. (2010). Leadership:Theory and practice.Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
Thisbook blends an academically robust account pertaining to thefundamental models and theories of leadership with the practicalexercises and accessible style that assists students in applying thelessons pertaining to leadership.
Blanchard,K. H., & Hodges, P. (2005). Leadlike Jesus: Lessons for everyone from the greatest leadership rolemodel of all time.Nashville, Tenn: Thomas Nelson.
Inthis book, Blanchard and Hodges offer lessons learnt from the life ofJesus and guides leaders through the process pertaining to discoveryof how they can lead like Him. He underlines the fact that theprocess would involve aligning two internal domains including thehead and the heart, as well as two external domains, which are thehabits and the hands.
Harris,A. (2009). Distributedleadership: Different perspectives.Dordrecht: Springer.
Whiledistributed leadership has gained immense interest popularity in therecent times, it can be traced to way back in the mid 20s or evenearlier. The increased interest may have been triggered by structuralmodifications that have caused alternative models of leadership to bepracticed. It has become evident that leadership does not necessarilytake place in the high echelons of power but rather in almost everylevel of the society, which is the main point of this book.
Hyde,D. (1992). Dedicationand leadership: Learning from the communists.Notre Dame Press.
Thisbook is primarily based on Communism. The author notes that as muchas the aims and goals of Communism may not have been the best as faras human rights and dignity are concerned, the psychologicalmotivations, methods and cadres pertaining to communism offerfundamental lessons. The main lessons revolve around ho to instilldedication, which is a prerequisite of leadership, as well asstimulating willingness to sacrifice and inspire dedication.
Koestenbaum,P. (1991). Leadership:The inner side of greatness : a philosophy for leaders.San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Thisbook offers insightful perspectives regarding the features that greatleaders must incorporate including courage, vision, ethics andrealism, while identifying the strategies that every other managerhas to use so as to attain and sustain organizational and personalgreatness. On the same note, it challenges leaders to use quality togive their lives some meaning, while also demonstrating the manner inwhich personal growth would translate to development in theorganization.
Goleman,D., Boyatzis, R. E., & MacKee, A. (2006). Primalleadership.Boston, Mass: Harvard Business School Press.
Thebook uses research from varied established organizations todemonstrate that great leaders not only excel via being smart andskillful but primarily through connecting with others usingcompetencies pertaining to emotional intelligence includingself-awareness and empathy. It is noted that the best leadersdemonstrate resonance, or rather, a powerful capability to driveemotions in a positive manner to obtain results and have the capacitytoo interchange in different styles of leadership depending on thesituation.
Yukl,G. A. (1998). Leadershipin organizations.Upper Saddle River, N.J: Prentice Hall.
Thisbook explores the fundamental theories pertaining to leadership andthe managerial effectiveness in organizations, while offeringpractical suggestions regarding how leadership skills may beimproved. It addresses the controversies and varied viewpointspertaining to the effectiveness of leadership, while focusing on thequestion pertaining to what makes an individual an effective leader.Further, it offers recommendations and guidelines for enhancingeffectiveness without offering any suggestions regarding the mostappropriate behavior of managers/.