"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."
Professional Growth Plan and Leadership Philosophy
I believe in leadership through example. Leaders who get their hands dirty troubleshooting problems, breaking a sweat, and working alongside their peers until a problem is solved are the type of leaders that earn my admiration.
My father, a long time business owner, inspired my hands-on management approach. When I established and ran my research and development company, I felt comfortable being involved in all aspects of product development, manufacturing, and marketing. I listened, learned, and provided encouragement and guidance whenever possible. In just two years, my company grew from creating bench-top prototypes to large-scale production and commercialization of product found in over 3000 stores in 20 countries.
One of the leadership styles that I particularly identify with is servant leadership. My parents, my Christian faith, and my schooling emphasized the virtue and importance of humility. I believe when one is put in a position of leadership, they should be humbled by the honor to lead. Servant leaders are concerned with meeting the needs of their followers in order to maximize their positive energy and productivity. (Nortinghouse, 2013)
A lifetime of experiences and critical life events often give rise to authentic leaders. (Northouse, 2013) Authentic leaders are transparent in their relationships and use moral reasoning to make carefully balanced decisions. (Northouse, 2013) As someone who struggled with attention problems, hyperactivity and anxiety throughout my childhood and young adult years, I had to overcome many obstacles to arrive at the confident and productive state of mind that I am in today. I also faced setbacks in my professional life, which forced me to deal with failure. I believe my experiences have provided me with the open mind and open heart of an authentic leader.
I want to be known for being an innovative, results-oriented and strategic leader. I want my decisions to reflect a balance of inventiveness and mission-oriented and well-reasoned choices. My ideal legacy would be to have made a positive impact on the lives of those who worked for me as well as those outside of the organization who were impacted by my decisions.
Within the following year, I plan to accomplish several academic and work-related goals. They are as follows:
Northouse, P. G. (2013). Leadership: Theory and practice (6th ed.). Thousand Oaks: SAGE.