In my paper, I explore my leadership awareness, strengths, values, and development in order to optimize my leadership essence.
It is concerned with facilitation, service, and partnership.
Throughout the paper, I utilize a student employment initiative; weaving the learning process for strategic leadership, moral leadership application, and key elements of my leadership development.
Figure 1 illuminates the inter-connectedness between the alignment of my values, purpose, and behavior to the strategic learning process created by Hughes and Beatty (2005). It also serves as a framework for the arrangement of my paper.
Knowing who I am and how to be my authentic self is the essence of alignment between values, goals, and behavior.
What kind of facilitator do I want to be?
What are my aspirations?
See Table 1 below as an illustration of how each one of my values and assessment themes are intricately knit.
Myers-Briggs (ENFP) Personality type RBS Values Behind my person type StrengthsFinder Natural talent foundation Career Leader Competencies and ambitions Extroversion : Directing energy mainly toward the world of people and objects. Enthusiastic Service Influential Connectedness: Listen and share thoughts. Relator: Have closeness with others. Manage/Influence People Intuition: Focus on perceiving patterns and interrelationships; concentrating on meanings and possibilities. Positive Cooperation Creative Positivity: Upbeat, creative to engender enthusiasm. Futuristic: See the possibilities. Creative Production Feeling: Value-based decision making with consideration for others. Empathy/Compassion Respect Empathy: An understanding of others. Individuation: Appreciate everyone’s uniqueness. Mentoring and Counseling Perceiving: Open and adaptable to change and a high value for spontaneity. Tenacity Adaptable Commitment Adaptability: Live in the moment. Strategic: See alternatives. Theory and Conceptual Thinking
After a time of healing and questioning my work’s purpose, I chose to return to my professional life personally transformed.
It is not a position I desire, I now purposefully select my role in society responding to my present context. Currently, I recognize that it is a personal transformation of my perspectives, which is my real purpose.
“ What emerges is not a new job-which would be a change-but some new sense of yourself, some new reality you’re dealing with, some new idea, that is moving you forward” (Bridges, 2004, p. 98).
Consequently, I have a better appreciation of using myself as instrument; an instrument for inspiring partnership, moral conduct, and creating new vision.