· Identify two to three scholarly resources, in addition to this Module’s readings, that evaluate the impact of leadership behaviors in creating healthy work environments.
· Reflect on the leadership behaviors presented in the three resources that you selected for review.
Develop a leadership philosophy that reflects what you think are characteristics of a good leader. Use three scholarly resources on leadership to support your philosophy statement. Your personal leadership philosophy should include the following:
· A description of your core values
· A personal mission/vision statement
· An analysis of your Clifton Strengths Assessment summarizing the result
· A description of two key behaviors that you wish to strengthen
· A development plan that explains how you plan to improve upon the two key behaviors you selected and an explanation of how you plan to achieve your personal vision. Be specific and provide examples.
Analysis of Clifton Strengths Assessment
The Strategic theme enables you to sort through the clutter and find the best route. It is not a skill that
can be taught. It is a distinct way of thinking, a special perspective on the world at large. This
perspective allows you to see patterns where others simply see complexity. Mindful of these patterns,
you play out alternative scenarios, always asking, “What if this happened? Okay, well what if this
happened?” This recurring question helps you see around the next corner. There you can evaluate
accurately the potential obstacles. Guided by where you see each path leading, you start to make
selections. You discard the paths that lead nowhere. You discard the paths that lead straight into
resistance. You discard the paths that lead into a fog of confusion. You cull and make selections until
your Strategic theme at work: “What if?” Select. Strike.
You see the potential in others. Very often, in fact, potential is all you see. In your view no individual is
fully formed. On the contrary, each individual is a work in progress, alive with possibilities. And you
are drawn toward people for this very reason. When you interact with others, your goal is to help them
experience success. You look for ways to challenge them. You devise interesting experiences that
can stretch them and help them grow. And all the while you are on the lookout for the signs of
growth—a new behavior learned or modified, a slight improvement in a skill, a glimpse of excellence
or of “flow” where previously there were only halting steps. For you these small increments—invisible
to some—are clear signs of potential being realized. These signs of growth in others are your fuel.
They bring you strength and satisfaction. Over time many will seek you out for help and
encouragement because on some level they know that your helpfulness is both genuine and fulfilling
You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes
and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning. The
process, more than the content or the result, is especially exciting for you. You are energized by the
steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence. The thrill of the first few facts, the early
efforts to recite or practice what you have learned, the growing confidence of a skill mastered—this is
the process that entices you. Your excitement leads you to engage in adult learning
experiences—yoga or piano lessons or graduate classes. It enables you to thrive in dynamic work
environments where you are asked to take on short project assignments and are expected to learn a
lot about the new subject matter in a short period of time and then move on to the next one. This
Learner theme does not necessarily mean that you seek to become the subject matter expert, or that
you are striving for the respect that accompanies a professional or academic credential. The outcome
of the learning is less significant than the “getting there.”
You can sense the emotions of those around you. You can feel what they are feeling as though their
feelings are your own. Intuitively, you are able to see the world through their eyes and share their
perspective. You do not necessarily agree with each person’s perspective. You do not necessarily feel
pity for each person’s predicament—this would be sympathy, not Empathy. You do not necessarily
condone the choices each person makes, but you do understand. This instinctive ability to understand
is powerful. You hear the unvoiced questions. You anticipate the need. Where others grapple for
words, you seem to find the right words and the right tone. You help people find the right phrases to
express their feelings—to themselves as well as to others. You help them give voice to their emotional
life. For all these reasons other people are drawn to you.
You are fascinated by ideas. What is an idea? An idea is a concept, the best explanation of the most events. You are delighted when you discover beneath the complex surface an elegantly simple concept to explain why things are the way they are. An idea is a connection. Yours is the kind of mind that is always looking for connections, and so you are intrigued when seemingly disparate phenomena can be linked by an obscure connection. An idea is a new perspective on familiar challenges. You revel in taking the world we all know and turning it around so we can view it from a strange but strangely enlightening angle. You love all these ideas because they are profound, because they are novel, because they are clarifying, because they are contrary, because they are bizarre. For all these reasons you derive a jolt of energy whenever a new idea occurs to you. Others may label you creative or original or conceptual or even smart. Perhaps you are all of these. Who can be sure? What you are sure of is that ideas are thrilling. And on most days this is enough.