Saturday, 5 September 2015

Leadership Philosophy

One of the things we were encouraged to do during the leadership course was to try and articulate our "Leadership Philosophy".  I really enjoyed listening to other peoples philosophies, though to be honest have not yet fully articulated my own.

On the last day of the course we were given a chance to put out some of our thinking to the group. These are my notes that I spoke from.

Leadership Philosophy

I don't aspire to being a leader.

I do, however, aspire to having exciting, challenging, fun, unique experiences.

... and so I need to be in a leadership position at work, because that's where the fun is in what I do for five days a week, 8 hours a day.

I don't work to live and I don't live to work ... I live to spend my time doing fun things. 

Work for me should just be another one of those fun things.

A general observation I'll make on my life is that I've got to where I am by being smarter and better at solving problems than the others around me. I am a specialist at solving problems.

Going forward, my career won't be driven forward by being smarter or better than others ... most of my bosses are smarter and quicker than me.

Therefore the techniques I've used to distinguish myself have become a liability, not an asset ... I need to change.

I need to do new things.

So what do I believe?

I believe in having fun, in challenging ourselves
I believe that life should be about seeing the invisible and doing the impossible
I believe in leaving a legacy
I believe that when we look back over our lives it should be rich with stories.

I believe that there's always time for a good cup of coffee and we should always make time for what we love to do.

One day I might actually try and articulate that into a Philosophy, but for now I at least wanted to capture those thoughts.

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