How To Develop A Personal Leadership Philosophy

Everyone has an idea of how they would like to lead. While similar to others, your personal leadership philosophy may differ from others. And that’s okay.

But how do you develop or create a personal leadership philosophy? I’m glad you’re thinking about that. In this article, we’ll discuss what a personal leadership philosophy is, why it matters, and how to create one.

People walking on a downward slope. One person is out in front of all the others

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What Is A Personal Leadership Philosophy?

Think about your personal beliefs, thoughts, and ideas. These things all relate to how you lead and take charge of your organization. You may not think about these things daily, but they impact how you lead.

They’re also part of your personal leadership philosophy. These areas of your life guide and direct you as you do your job.

Are You Missing The Plank In Your Eye?

Every time someone subscribes to receive updates from my blog, they should receive an email asking them what the biggest struggle they’re facing today is. I recently had a subscriber respond with an issue most leaders have at some point. 

I shared my thoughts on the topic with them, and they said I should make our conversation a blog post. I hope you will enjoy this interaction made into a cohesive topic about leading others well. 

Man sitting in front of laptop. His hands are thrown up in frustration.

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Here’s the struggle the reader was facing:

I would say my biggest struggle is mentoring new, younger employees.

At times their level of confidence far exceeds their abilities. In my opinion this contributes to an employee who over simplifies things, over relies on their own abilities to solve a problem, and takes unnecessary risks. This approach can create project delays.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

My latest book, Reel Leadership, is now available on Amazon. If you love movies and leadership, you will love this book.

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is an engaging animated film. Hailing from DC Comics, the film has the Green Lantern Corps’ home planet of Oa under attack. Hal Jordan (Nathan Fillion) prepares the new Green Lantern recruit Arisia (Elisabeth Moss) for the upcoming attack.

How Hal does this is interesting. Hal doesn’t send her to combat school, simulations, or anything like that. No, Hal recalls stories of the first Green Lantern and other Green Lanterns that have come before her. 

Members of the Green Lantern Corps. Arisa (blonde woman), Hal Jordan (Dark haired male with a mask over his eyes), and Sinestro (A human-like alien with red skin)

She’s prepared for the upcoming battle by recalling history and what other Green Lanterns have done. 

This was a masterful way to share the history of the Green Lantern Corps, explain how things are done, and show viewers that there’s more than action for these DC heroes. It’s also a great way to teach the viewer impactful leadership lessons. 

How Personal Development Nurtures Success

Personal development is vital to any kind of success in your life. Whether you want to be a better husband, mother, business leader, or person, you must work on yourself.

Thus, personal development nurtures success.

You’re not going to find personal development easy. It’s not a light task. You will have to work hard. This journey will take you on a pathway of exploring yourself, discovering what needs to change, and figuring out how to implement those changes. When we see ourselves as needing to improve, it can be painful!

Ouch!

The introspection you do on yourself will hurt. However, personal reflection helps you see where you need to go. So, introspect and grow. 

How Personal Development Nurtures Success

There are steps you can take to continue your personal development journey so that you can become more successful. The most successful people do it, even Oprah Winfrey.

5 Conflict Resolution Skills For Successful Leaders

Conflicts are real. Especially in leadership.

Your abrasiveness, assertiveness, or vision will rub someone the wrong way. And the same goes for those you lead. They’re going to rub you the wrong way.

Conflicts aren’t bad. They’re needed. 

I think of the Bible verse Proverbs 27:17. It states 

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another

This means conflict can sharpen us. The more you deal with conflict, the better you’ll be. Before you know it, you may have gained skills you didn’t know you needed. 

The struggle is that not everyone knows how to handle conflict in leadership. Their conflict resolution skills are lacking. 

5 Conflict Resolution Skills For Successful Leaders

Let’s take a peek at five different ways you can resolve conflicts as a leader. These tactics will serve you well when dealing with interpersonal, vendor, and business conflicts.