How to Craft and Communicate Your Personal Leadership Philosophy
A Personal Leadership Philosophy (PLP) gives us confidence in a leader. Without a clear and easy-to-understand leadership philosophy, we doubt the leadership abilities of those who are asking us to follow them.
Would you willingly follow someone who didn’t have a leadership philosophy?
Would you follow someone who seemed aimless? Would you trust someone who unclear about their own direction? Would you feel confident if your leader was unpredictable and inconsistent?
Or would you rather follow someone who articulated and acted in accord with a solid leadership philosophy?
Most of us would much rather follow a leader who was grounded in a solid foundation of values. Leaders with a Personal Leadership Philosophy have taken time to weigh and commit to their own values. They’ve taken steps to align their actions with their values. They’ve considered how their actions impact others. And, most importantly, they’ve internalized their values so they have a guiding compass when it comes time to make a decision.
When leaders have a Personal Leadership Philosophy, they are much easier to follow!
We willingly choose to follow leaders with a well-developed PLP. What’s more, we find it’s easier to follow them because we know where they are going. We trust their direction and can anticipate how they’ll respond when the going gets tough. Leaders like this inspire us to struggle along with them. Our belief in them is strengthened because they are able to believe in themselves. Having a leadership philosophy gives them that confidence and courage to keep moving forward.
To craft your own Personal Leadership Philosophy, we’ve created some handy tools you can use
First, scan the infographic below that outlines the basic steps. Next, open the PDF worksheet that will guide you through the steps. If you’d like more explanation of these steps, be sure to read this article that we posted on LinkedIn. Finally, if you’d like a sample PLP from one of the emerging leaders we’ve coached, please click here.
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