Leadership is venturing out into unknown territories and making new pathways, using knowledge, experience and wisdom to motivate followers to accomplish a shared vision. My leadership hall of fame showed me that leadership style dominates my Hall of Fame list. The three words most prevalent on my list were dependable, conscientious, and trustworthy. My list included mainly teachers and coaches from my youth and the main reason they are the ones that come to mind has to do with the relationships that were built. I am still in contact with two of my former teachers and enjoy and learn from our conversations. In a study by Andrew W. Halpin, he states “effective or desirable leadership behavior is characterized by high ratings on both Initiating Structure and Consideration” (Wren, 1995, p. 146). Structure has to do with the task at hand and consideration deals with relationships. I believe relationships in education are a strong characteristic need for team building.
The words I chose for leadership come from my own experiences. The three key words I chose directly influence the ability of a leader to be effective. Dependability is the foundation of a good leader and so is trustworthiness. Conscientiousness is important because it deals with being thorough, organized, controlled, dependable, and decisive, all traits I feel make a strong leader.
“Servant leadership emphasizes that leaders be attentive to the concerns of their followers, empathize with them, and nurture them. Servant leaders put followers first, empower them, and help them develop their full personal capacities”(Northouse, 2013, p. 219). I have worked for administrators that used this approach as their main form of management and it created a much more enjoyable and productive work environment. I can see servant leadership being successful in education, especially when the people working together should already have a common starting point of wanting to educate children. Servant leadership incorporates a shared vision and would be essential in transformational leadership. “Such leadership occurs when one or more persons engage with others in such a way that leaders and followers raise one another to higher levels of motivation and morality…” (Wren, 1995, p. 101).
My personal style of leadership is leading by example and using my knowledge, experience, and passion to motivate those around me. I also see myself as relationship oriented. I coached girls’ varsity basketball for three years and although there...