Personal Philosophy of Leadership

PersonalPhilosophy of Leadership

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PersonalPhilosophy of Leadership

Abstract

Aleader is an individual with an excellent ability to influence thesubjects, through perpetual motivation to enhance their contributionto the general efforts of achieving the expected goals. Most of suchleaders possess a unique charisma, through which they command theattention, respect and the requisite obedience from the subjects.Within any social setting, leadership appears to be rooted in ourfaith that forms the basis for our thinking and actions. Leadershipis said to be acquired naturally and through learning in the courseof life. Leaders possess a unique charisma and characteristics,through which they command the attention, respect and the requisiteobedience from the subjects. Managers strive to put in place the mosteffective approaches to managing their subjects to ensure that theydeliver the best services in fulfillment of the set objectives.

Thepaper will examine the concept of leadership within a Christiansetting. The essay will therefore look at the various scriptures thatinform our Christian development and leadership styles. Review ofliterature on leadership will also be used to provide direction onthe matter under study. The essay will also seek to examine thedifferences in leadership for individuals who follow TheWayand those that do not know the Eternal God. A Christian leader hasgreat reverence for the scriptures that provide guidance on theapproaches taken to realize his or her objectives. Christianleadership borrows heavily from the Bible scriptures as well as othertheories of leadership.

Aleader in a group or an institution should have people who arefollowing him/her. Followership is the capability of individuals in agroup or an organization to follow a leader who they look upon forguidance and direction. The ability to command followership defines aleader. As such, it is important for leaders to understand thestrengths as well as weaknesses of the leadership styles that theyapply to ensure high levels of effectiveness. Effective leadershiphelps to provide a platform on which the organization can modify itsoverall behavior to suit the strategies laid to achieve the set goalsand objectives. Leaders also act as role models in the society, whichhelps them in changing the behavior of the members.

OnChristian leadership, the Bible scriptures take a central role increating the leadership qualities, expectations and styles. Further,the leaders must have qualities that reflect the ‘earthly’leadership styles. As such, the leaders must adhere to ethical andadorable values that reflect the Bible teachings. Ethical leadershipaccords individual leaders self-respect with the society. Just likeother institutions, Christian setting has organizations andobjectives that require effective leadership. The leaders need tobalance between leadership and Christian principles. Christianleadership is a human activity that is drawn from one’s heart andelaborately considers the heart of other individuals. Effectiveethical leadership acts as the foundation of trust as a virtue.Research shows that subordinates tend to follow ethical leaders basedon trust, since they believe in his direction. The trust earnedpromotes the act of credibility in basic and secondary operationshence, a command of respect for not only the leader but also theentire organization. Leadership is not all about the style andtechniques adopted by the leader but rather opening the heart andtrying to understand the interests, needs and contributions of allstakeholders towards a common goal.

TheChristian Leader

Mostcommon Christianity themes are the evangelism, also the church, notforgetting the apostles and the prophets and finally missions just tomention but a few. The theme of love, which Jesus taught hisfollowers and it is still recognized up to date. Additionally, wehave the theme of hope, which Jesus taught his disciples, they weretold to have hope in life and achieve great things. He taught peoplethat they should have hope before undertaking any task. The themeFaith existed in times of Jesus, and he taught people to have faithin Him and have faith in God. Christ followers, up to now believe inthe faith that was taught back in the olden days. Over the years, thechurch has been used to spread the Gospel of Christ in the world. Theadvocates of the Gospel of Christ used various points of view andclaimed that the grace of Christ was crucial to human liberty. As aresult, they enclosed the idea of the original sin and war. Thechurch presents an institution where people can gather to seek helpand strength from God. The church has preserved Christianity anddelivered it to the believers. In order to realize the aboveobjectives, a Christian leader is expected to have tendencies andskills that reflect the features of Christianity.

Accordingto the bible scriptures, “We are God’s workmanship, created inChrist Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for usto do” (Ephesians 2: 10). This reflects the fact that God canutilize individuals to advance his work irrespective of the naturalabilities and background. It is noteworthy that God empowersindividuals to advance his work to human beings. Christian leadershipis about exercising the authority according to the teachings from thescriptures. Such leaders have the competence and skills that giveinsight into the workings of God. Leadership is a consequence ofintegrity, followership, and obedience, among others. Christianleaders have unique characteristics that reflect the teachings of thescriptures. To begin with, Christian leaders need to develop strongrelationship with God. The relationship can be created through dailyprayers and continuous Bible study for guidance. Such actions enableone to adopt a Christian behavior by understanding the expectationsof a Christian. Jesus set a good example for the Christian leaderswhere he was seen connecting with the Father through prayers andadorable deeds. Through prayers, the connection and relationship withGod increases. Christian leaders allow God to speak to them wherethey receive guidance on how to guide the followers.

Perseveranceis a very vital trait for Christian leaders when it comes toovercoming the challenges. Christians seek for the final salvationthat will come with the rapture, to attain that salvation they haveto persevere in the hardships of the world. More importantly,historical information on Christianity is not a smooth or an idealbenchmark for examining its value though it possesses probable basisof predisposition. The leaders must, therefore, take the bestapproaches to ensure that they meet their goals as well as overcomethe prevailing challenges. Ethical approaches are important forChristian leaders. The values adopted by these leaders are largelydrawn from the scriptures and guidance by God. Besides following theChristian principles, a Christian leader is expected to have theleadership qualities that allow him or her to offer guidance anddirection to the followers.

Christianleaders are spirit-driven and passionate about the work of God. Fromthe Bible, it is evident that Jesus led his disciples and ministrywith the steadfastness that reflects spirit-driven purpose (Mark 1:35-39). Jesus was passionate about the purpose that the Father senthim to the Earthly world. His mission and objectives were clear thushe did not allow anything else to distract him in the course of hiswork (Luke 12: 13-14). Christian leaders are viewed more as servantsas opposed to executives or professionals. Humility, patience andgenerosity are some of the characteristics of servant leaders(Chacksfield, 2014). In the Bible, Paul demonstrates what it means tobe a servant of God. On his part, Jesus demonstrated servantleadership on many occasions as recorded in the Bible. During thePassover meal, for instance, he washed his disciples’ feet. Whenquestioned by the disciples, Jesus told them that he wasdemonstrating the nature of leadership he expected of the disciples.One must be committed to work of God with no intentions of acquiringearthly benefits. The reward, as the demonstrated in the Bible, isgiven God and may take any form. It also involves making sacrificesto advance the work of God. The life of Jesus offers importantlessons for aspiring Christian leaders (Blanchard &amp Hodges,2008). It is imperative for the leaders to align both the internaland external components to realize their full leadership potential.

MyLeadership Style

Forleaders to be competent, they must possess certain skills such ashonesty, competency, intelligence, open-mindedness, courage, andfair-mindedness. My leadership style is largely ethical with greatinclination on the service to the people. I believe that thesefeatures form the foundation for Christian leadership. Leaders canidentify the strengths as well as weaknesses of organizationalmembers and then assign them to roles that suit them the best. Aftera thorough assessment on my leadership style, I understand that Ihave the necessary competencies to lead within a Christian setting.Service to the people and adherence to the Bible scriptures iscritical towards realization of the set objectives. According toAdair (2009), leaders need to learn continuously from the challengesand opportunities within the social environment. It is through thelearnt training that the leaders inspire, motivate and lead thefollowers towards the realization of the set objectives (Hyde, 1992).

EffectiveChristian leaders are supposed to comprehend that they are supposedto serve the need to adopt servant leadership hence. Serving thepeople is the prime goal for the Christian leaders. The serviceincludes teaching the people about the Way of Life as enshrined inthe scriptures. The Christian tradition advocates for the necessityto proclaim and practice the gospel as good news on earth and inheaven. As such, Christian leaders are both evangelists and socialreformers who play a significant role in the spread of the gospel.Authentic style in leadership can be likened to the expectation of aChristian leader. Authentic leadership style stresses the need tobuild the legitimacy of a leader through sincere relationships(Burns, 2012). According to AvolioT and Gardner, (2012), such aleader values the input of his/her followers and is mainly built onethical values. Further, authentic leaders are trustworthy andpromote openness when attending to their tasks. Additionally, honestyand ethical leadership helps in building trust among the followerswho in turn improve both the individual and societal performance(Yukl, 1998). Effective leadership put into consideration essentialmatters on important components within the external and internalenvironment (Koestenbaum, 1991). Authentic leaders use non-violentmeans to solve conflicts and differences that emerge within theirsetting. Jesus, for example, demonstrates an authentic classic leaderwho avoided violence when leading his disciples. He demonstrates anexample of a selfless leader with a mission-driven character. Ethical leadership involves managing others and influencing policieswhile considering the interests of stakeholders and challenges(Schwantes, 2015 Northouse, 2013). Ethical approaches are gearedtowards making an institution observe the best standards and values.The issue of sense giving leadership, organizational performance andstrategic organizational change outline one of the subject areas inethical leadership with increasing complexity (Gardner, 1993).According to Price (2003), ethical approaches to leadership arecrucial in determining the work effort and behavior. Theadministration of an institution should ensure a smooth flow ofinformation, clear definition of roles, decision making and achievingaccountability in an organization. Authentic leadership delineatesthe framework through which an institution forms the rules, definesroles and allocates resources to match the needs of the environment.Authentic leaders are good at the time of crisis since they can turnaround their course towards the path of success (Goleman, Boyatzis &ampMacKee, 2006).

Withina Christian setting, various institutions and groupings requireleadership to achieve their objectives exists. Christian leadershiptakes a different perspective that requires the leaders to understandthe challenges facing the society. It does not require the leaders tohave a great interest in power. According to Harris (2009,distributed leadership in the contemporary society needs to touch alllevels within the society. I understand that the Christian leadershipneeds to be modified to conform to the needs of the society. Much asI believe in the benefits of collaborative approaches to problemsolving, I am also a highly competitive and creative person who wantsto have the best idea on the table, so I need to acknowledge thoseconflicting desires and their ultimate management. Such anunderstanding comes with authority, thus I made it my focus duringthe program to address these contradictory tendencies with the hopethat, by finding a balance between leadership and Christianity, Iwould become more accessible to people and more effective.

Conclusion

Leadershipneeds to be viewed in the context of an attitude as opposed to aroutine. Effective leadership should inspire others through humanexperiences as opposed to the organizational structures andprocesses. For Christian leadership, the leader is largely driven bythe values and teachings from the scriptures. Leadership is arelationship that is jointly developed by both the followers andleaders. Effective leadership is crucial and tentatively steady withthe existing setting of the significance of the good performance. Therelationship between the followers and the Christian leaders isimperative for the spread of the gospel and establishment of anenviable society. Individual leaders manifest appropriate leadershipconduct in both personal actions and their relationships with others.

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