Once you have passed through the youthful phase of self-identification, personal stakes broaden and deepen. As a leader, at some point you must think and reflect beyond self-interests and self-identification. In today’s world social context is next to unavoidable. Those leaders who seek and define conceptions of the universe that provide dignity and purpose to everyone are granted a larger voice in our world today.
Your framework for life is influenced by a number of predictable sources. Family upbringing, educational experiences, social structures, civic and religious influences, athletic endeavors, military service, living in different societies, and work experiences will influence and even inculcate codified philosophies of life, commerce, relationships, and success. Regardless of sources, each person ultimately reserves the right to confer their own personal expression of these acquired frameworks. Their thumbprint on humanity’s progress.
Each of us has a leadership philosophy, expressed or not, simple or profound. My challenge to you is to right now, in your own words, see if you can state your own leadership philosophy.