Leadership is one of the most interesting things in the world; ethical leadership and one motivated person can improve the world forever, unethical leadership and one person can convince endless people to blindly follow them. What makes leadership so interesting is looking at what makes great leaders great. The idea of a leadership philosophy intrigues me because I have always loved to look at the great leaders to see how they inspire action and gain support. When I take a look at my leadership philosophy it is based off effort and being genuine. I don’t lead with charisma or innovation; I simply give all I have and try to motivate those around me to do the same. I have developed my leadership philosophy over years and continue to improve it daily.
Throughout my entire life I have always prided myself on my work ethic. A vast majority of my proudest moments have come as a result of my athletic career: my all conference medals, being a team captain, and a district championship. The reason I am so proud of these achievements is because I was never naturally athletic. Despite not being the best athlete I maintained a relentless work ethic and clawed my way to these achievements. I was never particularly proud of my leadership ability or viewed myself as a leader, however, by the time I was a senior, I was a captain on all three sports teams (football, baseball, and basketball). I didn’t have a leadership philosophy I based my actions off of, but rather I just did everything I could to be the best version of myself that I could be and to help the team and people followed.
My athletic career gave me my first taste of leading. Pushing my team and myself everyday gave me the confidence as a person, and a leader. As I became more familiar with leading I was able to be a part of multiple leadership institutions through the local colleges (Delta College and Saginaw Valley State University), was Vice President of my class, a Representative on Student Council, and volunteered consistently. Throughout this entire time, I maintained the same leadership philosophy: be genuine and give it your all.
Now, I am experiencing leadership in a whole new light. Taking leadership classes, participating in constant leadership activities, and being around some of best leaders on the Central Michigan campus has allowed me to constantly grow as a leader. Being able to see all the different aspects of leadership and what goes into it has opened my eyes about what being a leader entails. However, at the same time, I don’t believe leadership can be taught in a classroom. Hearing about different tactics and philosophies is beneficial, but only to an extent. It helps to know what kind of tactics there are, but having many thrown at us at once without being able to implement them isn’t beneficial. I have grown the most as a leader in the past year from the impromptu, hands-on leadership activities. Interactive discussions and backing up your points with evidence are beneficial and have helped my confidence grow as well as made me a more aware leader.
My leadership philosophy has always been based around effort. Focusing on effort always me to be a genuine leader and lead by example. As I continue my journey I continue to grow as a leader everyday. No matter what I do in life, I’ll do it with maximum effort and be as efficient of a leader as I can be.