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Leadership, Personal Growth, and Career Success
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?
What experience have you had with influencing others?
What are your current perceptions about what it means to be a leader?
What are your personal beliefs about how other people should work?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Low follower ability and high willingness
High follower ability and low willingness
High follower ability and high willingness