Foundations of Leadership
Leadership is pivotal to success in almost all domains in today’s world. Whether an individual is assigned to a leadership role or emerges as one, having a deep understanding of the needs and goals of the group is the foundation of a powerful leader. The experiences of a leader provide a degree of context for leadership styles, making self-reflection a necessary ingredient. In identifying
our biases, strengths, and weakness, we can continually evolve as leaders and people.
My personal philosophy on leadership is founded in emotional intelligence, integrity, courage, and dedication. Over the course of my education in leadership, I was exposed to many different leadership styles, along with their strengths and weaknesses. I learned that leadership is a connector fitted to the proposed leader and the group to be led. This makes leadership styles
tailor-made and adaptable while premised on one or a combination of styles. Applying an agile and scientific learning methodology to my leadership philosophy, I believe that leadership practices should adapt to maximize effectiveness and outcomes for the identified goals. As a proponent of transformation leadership over transactional, my understanding of the needs of those being led is central to the successful achievement of individual and organizational goals. Creating individually strong, supported, and productive individuals amplifies the abilities of a leader to guide change and reach goals. Emotional intelligence helps a leader to effectively harness the power of individuals as resources while, and importantly, supporting them as individuals.
The conclusion of the education in leadership resulted in a detailed paper on my personal philosophy on leadership. I devised a leadership challenge in the setting of my surgical training that incorporate emotional intelligence into surgical training curricula.
Personal Philosophy on Leadership