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As future leaders, it is not only beneficial for us to examine our personal leadership style; it's our responsibility to do so. Only through the education and development of those leadership philosophies can we truly impact our followers and create the best organization possible. Individually, we each have core values that drive our behavioral instincts, those feelings and emotions that inherently make us respond and react to certain situations and influences. Through the proper identification and expansion of those values, we can reach that core leadership philosophy that not only stands for what we believe in as an individual, but represents what we're trying to accomplish as a leader.

As a student currently undergoing ethics training and as a former member of the workforce, I've had the opportunity to experience the importance of this leadership philosophy first-hand. Managers going through the day-to-day operations with no direction and no motivation to provide guidance to their followers lack the personal appraisal necessary to properly implement a solid leadership philosophy. That is why I find such comfort in the fact that as students, we have the opportunity to supplement our education with a personal assessment. My core leadership philosophy is: The HIGH LIFE. This acronym stands for: Honesty: That each person should remain honest to themselves and to others regardless the circumstances; Integrity: That each person should maintain their strong moral principles throughout their lives; Guidance: That each person should always try to offer beneficial guidance to others in need; Humble: That each person should remain humbled by the good they do for others and remember that improvements can always be made; Loyalty: That each person should maintain respect, support and allegiance for what is righteous; Influence: That each person should work to positively influence at least one other individual each day; Focus: That each person should remain consistent in each of these actions; Evaluation: That each person should unceasingly evaluate themselves and their actions to ensure compliance with those stated core values.

Throughout my life thus far, I have been a firm believer in the Golden Rule; that we should always treat others the way we would like to be treated. I feel the same way as a leader. We should lead followers the way in which we would like a leader to lead us. Consistency is a key in the daily fight against ethical dilemmas. Remaining constant and devoted to the core leadership values, and making a positive impact on others is the foundation for this philosophy. This philosophy establishes the forefront in my defense against those situations that provoke personal turmoil. I can only hope to share this philosophy with those followers that I have the pleasure of leading.

I also feel that creating positive opportunities for others reflects a successful leader. After all, a leader is only as successful



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