Leadership is a complex process.
I welcome such complexity.
Modern leaders are adaptive people. They empower employees to be their best. They learn to share responsibilities and guide their followers. In my studies as a Ph.D in Leadership student, I have learned that leadership cannot be easily defined by the traits of leaders — but more by the actions they take.
I have spent most of my career as a follower, working with leaders to enact policies and create content for varying audiences. In that time, I’ve developed a strong affinity for follower-focused leadership practices. Leaders are best when they remove barriers and allow their followers to succeed in their own way.
Now in the middle era of my career, and in a leadership role, I seek to apply the same follower-centric philosophy. Self-awareness is a vital part of being a modern leader — understand your strengths and weaknesses and work to build trust with followers through them.
Below are resources collected thus far in my coursework. They provide a reference to my emerging leadership journey — and where it might take me in the future.
I serve as a guide for media, marketing and leadership professions. I have over ten years of media and marketing experiences in corporate and agency communications, and I strive for a leadership focus built on follower-centric philosophies.
Modern leadership should be focused on empowering others, promoting shared visions, embracing complexity, asking for help and accepting the limits of your abilities. And above all, be warm and approachable.
Assessing leadership qualities requires more than superficial trait acknowledgments. An emerging leader should assess leadership abilities from a variety of perspectives, including behavioral, transformational, transactional, and goal-oriented.
Leadership 360 Analysis
Based on results from the leadership questionnaire, this analysis looks at the major gaps between my personal leadership perspective and the expectations of my peers and managers.
Personal Leadership Plan
Balancing practices of both adaptive and servant leadership, I discovered gaps in both that will need to be addressed. Narrowing these expectation gaps requires an honest analysis of how best I can succeed in a leadership role.
It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.