Leadership Essay: What Is My Leadership Philosophy?

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What is my leadership philosophy?
Over twenty years ago, I raised my right hand and took an oath of office by which I swore to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.”
I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God. 5 U.S.C. §3331
I took this oath freely and without reservation because I come from a long line military service, as my father was an enlisted member of the United States Navy. Military structure is deeply embedded in me and I believe it provided a strong environment that
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To inspire, I believe a leader must both create resonance and move people with a compelling vision. My philosophy is that we must embody what we ask of others, and be able to communicate a shared vision in a way that inspires others to act. We should create standards of excellence and then set an example for others to follow because our actions are far more credible than words. We must think more about what is right, than always being right. We should care more about the best idea, than whether or not it is our idea, because when we put others ahead of our own rewards and recognition, this shows our authenticity. We should always be searching for the right thing to do, even if it means disclosing that our last decision was not the best. We should share our failures as well as our successes, because this attracts openness from others and inspires others to follow our lead. Kouzes and Posner (2011) articulate these qualities for a good

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