Developing a Leadership Philosophy

Having a written leadership philosophy can help you determine your leadership approach and serve as your compass throughout your career.

We can easily get caught up in the monotony of our routine and lose sight of the leader we want to be. It may be helpful to put your leadership philosophy in a location that helps you remember your leadership direction.

I’ve updated mine several times over the years. Here’s my current version:

“Everyone gets an A.” ~ Benjamin Zander. I want to give you a possibility to live into, not an expectation to live up to.

I promise to provide an endless supply of energy, optimism, and new techniques for achieving our mission.

Understand yourself and seek to understand each other.

Know that you’re capable of more than you imagine.

Although I’ll teach you a lot of new things, I’ll probably learn even more from you than you will from me.

You’re a leader too. You’re a visionary and a strategist. Inspire others to do their greatest work.

We’re strategic business partners to our organization. We are consultants. Keep your skills sharp and be absolutely indispensable.

Never stop learning how to be a better version of you – at work and at home.

Practice balance both at work and at home.

After a particularly challenging day or week, you can expect something to happen that will make you laugh out loud.

Tell me what I need to know even if you think I don’t want to hear it. If I upset you or made you feel bad, I want the opportunity to apologize.

Do you want to be on a winning team? Then suit up because you’re going to fit right in.

Published by Jessica Walter, MS, APR

Certified Professional Leadership Coach and a Senior Strategist with JPL, one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest integrated marketing agencies, where she oversees research and strategy engagements for internal communication clients. I have 20+ years of experience leading strategic communication programs in corporate, non-profit and agency settings. I also holds the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR).

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