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Leadership, Personal Growth, and Career Success

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Lesson 1-Introduction to Leadership Development: Section 1 Leadership Philosophy


1. Define leadership philosophy.

The general beliefs a person holds about how to influence others.
2. Checking your understanding:

Leadership is influence.

Leadership is an ability anyone may choose to build.

A leadership philosophy is the approach a person takes when influencing others.

Leaders are not born. Leadership is learned.
3. List the factors which affects individual’s leadership philosophy.

Others’ examples of leadership

Past experiences with leading others

Perceptions about what it means to be a leader

Personal beliefs about how other people work
4. Write your responses to these prompts:


  • Who are some leaders you’ve looked up to in the past?

Various Answers


  • What experience have you had with influencing others?

Various Answers


  • What are your current perceptions about what it means to be a leader?

Various Answers


  • What are your personal beliefs about how other people should work?

Various Answers


  • Write a one-sentence statement that helps you internalize and visualize your philosophy as it is happening now, not in the future, or the past.

Various Answers
5. Define trait approach.

A leadership philosophy used by researchers that categories leaders by their innate abilities.
6. Define innate.

Unlearned; inborn; natural

7. To help you remember this leadership philosophy, create a simple picture that illustrates the main ideas of this philosophy.



Various answers

8. Define style approach.



A leadership philosophy based on what leaders actually do, regardless of their personalities.

9. To help you remember this leadership philosophy, create simple picture that illustrates its main ideas.



Various answers
10. Define situational approach.

A leadership philosophy that examines how leaders should behave in particular, changing situations.
11. To help you remember this leadership philosophy, create a simple picture that illustrates the main ideas of this philosophy.

Various answers
12. Describe how leadership depends on followers.

Followers grant leaders the power to lead. They also provide the action in the organization.
13. Describe how followers possess varying levels of readiness and ability.

Followers’ readiness ranges from low to high. At high readiness, followers may be willing to act and may possess the knowledge and skills for action. They may be self-motivated and able to work with little input from the leader.

14. Draw and label your arrows for each combination of follower ability and willingness.

Low follower ability and low willingness

Ability Willingness

Low follower ability and high willingness

Ability Willingness


High follower ability and low willingness


Ability Willingness

High follower ability and high willingness



Ability Willingness


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