My Leadership Philosophy: Who Is An Effective Leader?

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My leadership philosophy is a merger of my family and Military concepts of what it means to be an effective leader. My grandmother, a mother of 9 and grandmother of 27, was the heartbeat of our family. She instilled in us the values of hard work, trust and accountability. “You work hard and great things will happen”, “if people do not trust they won’t believe anything you say and nothing you say will matter”, and “when you make a mistake admit it, apologize and try to move on.” These particular quotes, amongst others, were constants in my grandparent’s home and in turn are a part of the foundation of my own leadership philosophy. The Army defines leadership in APD 6-22 as “the process of influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation to accomplish the mission and improve the organization.” I agree with APDs definition of leadership but my own definition expounds on this definition slightly. For me, leadership is a privilege and not a right. The privilege of leading Soldiers carries with it the enormous responsibilities of inspiring, working hard and effectively, earning and maintaining Soldiers trust and holding yourself as well as your Soldiers accountable.…show more content…
Effective delegation is an important part of leadership but excessive delegation is a NO GO. I expect every squad leader to use their personal leadership style in order to accomplish the mission while remaining engaged and involved. Never ask your Soldiers to do anything that you are not willing to do

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