Reflection Of Personal Leadership

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This paper is a reflection of my personal leadership development blueprint this quarter. The paper identifies three main attributes that have made me to become a change leader this quarter. The paper concludes by pinpointing some core values that have successfully made this change possible. A change leader can be defined as encouraging people to take risks - to evaluate their core beliefs and world view - and engage effectively with others (Flanagan, 2014). His objective is to guide people through the period of evaluation, so they can adapt and appreciate 'the new'. To achieve this, he need to be encouraged to let go of 'the old'. When he does, change happens. Rosabeth Moss Kanter states that "a change leader shares three attributes: the imagination…show more content…
People who are self-aware have the ability to recognize and understand their moods, emotions and drives, coupled with the ability to control them: the propensity to suspend judgment - to think before acting. This gives them the ability to understand the emotional make-up of other people and a proficiency in managing relationships and building networks. It helps them to find common ground and build rapport. A change leader who is self-aware does not hide behind the completion of templates and the production of documents but, rather, goes and engages with the person or group who is most resistant to the change. Unchained from, and unlimited by, his own parochialism, he can fully understand and engage with people at their own level and see the world from their perspective, seeing what they are seeing, including their blind spots or limited vision. A person who is self-aware, and who has implemented personal changes, has the potential to be a successful manager of change. Before he can change anyone, he must first have changed himself and have rid himself of dysfunctional attitudes. If he has not, those attitudes become derailing baggage and prevent him from entering through 'the eye of the needle' into the world of the person he is hoping to change. Therefore, one way that has being…show more content…
Values are the guiding principles in our lives while leadership occurs within the context of core values. Values inform the application of leadership qualities as the competencies of leadership are activated - learned, developed, and practiced - within the set of core values. As I come to the end of the quarter, my core values are: respecting others regardless of differences; treating others with dignity, empathy and compassion; and the ability to earn the respect of others; making a difference as demonstrated by personal efforts that lead to making a positive impact on individuals, systems, and/or organizations or positively affecting outcomes; integrity as demonstrated by moral courage, ethical strength, and trustworthiness; keeping promises and fulfilling expectations; authenticity as demonstrated by consistency, congruency, and transparency in values, beliefs, and actions; integrating values and principles to create a purposeful life and to contribute to the growth of others; courage as demonstrated by possessing a strength of self to act with intention on behalf of the common good; taking a stand in the face of adversity; acting boldly in the service of inclusion and justice; service as demonstrated by commitment that extends beyond one's own self-interest; personal humility for the sake of a greater cause; humility as demonstrated by a sense of humbleness, dignity and an awareness of

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