Personal Leadership Philosophy
When I think about leadership, I think about the journey that elevated me to my point of view about leadership. There are persons in my life that played a major role in molding my frame of thought about life. It would be remiss of me not to mention my parents who, although were strict, shielded me from the social ills that plagued me. Church going was a must for me. The fear of God was instilled in me at an early age, which helped to nurture my ethics to date. These words were bombarded upon me as a child; “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and Honor your father and mother that your days may be long”. These words were etched in my heart and mind. Hardworking was an attribute that described my parents. To ensure that our needs were met, both labored in their various fields working overtime just to make life comfortable for their kids. We did not have everything that was wanted but had everything that was needed. My mother spent 30 years as a registered nurse before she retired and my father spent about 20 years as a prison officer before he retired. Although he is now deceased his ethics are still engraved in me.
It has always been my view that everyone is placed here on this earth for a purpose whether they know it or not. Life is a journey that has a culminating point. But in order to know what the culminating point is, one must know where he intends to go. Who would have thought that I would be a part of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force? Who would have thought that I would be aspiring to become an officer on the Defence Force? I did. It was a goal that I set for myself to attain one day. This journey to the Defence Force did not just happen in a blink of an eye, but it was a step to step process that got me here. Many jobs were held before reaching my destination. And still after you would have reached your destination, there is always that zeal to achieve more. My goal is to maximize the ethics that was instilled in me as a child to its fullest potential thus impacting others in a positive way to achieve their goals.
In my opinion a leader is considered to be incomplete if he does not have core values such as integrity, accountability, discipline, diligence and perseverance. A leader can only be trusted if he has integrity. As an individual can you trust a person who is dishonest all the time? A leader is accountable for every decision that he makes and acknowledges all mistakes. Although a leader makes mistakes he seeks out ways to prevent it from happening again. A leader is well trained to uphold the standards of the organization. Being knowledgeable about the rules that govern a particular organization is a must have as a leader. It acts as a stabilizer to guide him on his quest. Diligence is something that I live and apply in my life. And is an attribute that is also a must have for a leader. It is my personal belief that people follow what you do not what you say. Normally you would find if the leader is a hard worker his followers or subordinates usually are too. In a leaders quest, obstacles usually always appear. But despite his difficulty the job is accomplished. This is what you call perseverance.
Leadership is approached at different points and the views on leadership are different as well. My approach is a people to people approach. I believe a leader must connect with his subordinates. Let them see that you are not stuck somewhere in the clouds and that you are approachable. Listening to your subordinates input is a plus which I feel would develop that communication channel between the persons involved. It lets them know that you value their input and acknowledge their thoughts. A part of leadership has a great deal to do with uplifting personnel spirits and helping them to achieve their goals. If you are a good leader your subordinates will buy into your vision and will follow you every step of the way. Leadership is all about influencing change and fulfilling your vision.