Assignment: Personal Leadership Philosophies

Assignment: Personal Leadership Philosophies

Assignment: Personal Leadership Philosophies

Many of us can think of leaders we have come to admire, be they historical figures, pillars of the industry we work in, or leaders we know personally. The leadership of individuals such as Abraham Lincoln and Margaret Thatcher has been studied and discussed repeatedly. However, you may have interacted with leaders you feel demonstrated equally competent leadership without ever having a book written about their approaches.

What makes great leaders great? Every leader is different, of course, but one area of commonality is the leadership philosophy that great leaders develop and practice. A leadership philosophy is basically an attitude held by leaders that acts as a guiding principle for their behavior. While formal theories on leadership continue to evolve over time, great leaders seem to adhere to an overarching philosophy that steers their actions.

What is your leadership philosophy? In this Assignment, you will explore what guides your own leadership.

To Prepare:

Identify two to three scholarly resources, in addition to this Module’s readings, that evaluate the impact of leadership behaviors in creating healthy work environments.
Reflect on the leadership behaviors presented in the three resources that you selected for review.
Reflect on your results of the CliftonStrengths Assessment, and consider how the results relate to your leadership traits.
Download your Signature Theme Report to submit for this Assignment.
The Assignment (2-3 pages):

Personal Leadership Philosophies

Develop and submit a personal leadership philosophy that reflects what you think are characteristics of a good leader. Use the scholarly resources on leadership you selected to support your philosophy statement. Your personal leadership philosophy should include the following:

A description of your core values.
A personal mission/vision statement.
An analysis of your CliftonStrengths Assessment summarizing the results of your profile
A description of two key behaviors that you wish to strengthen.
A development plan that explains how you plan to improve upon the two key behaviors you selected and an explanation of how you plan to achieve your personal vision. Be specific and provide examples.
Be sure to incorporate your colleagues’ feedback on your CliftonStrengths Assessment from this Module’s Discussion 2.
Note: Be sure to attach your Signature Theme Report to your Assignment submission.

BELOW ARE MY COLLEAGUES feedback on your CliftonStrengths Assessment from this Module’s.

Hi Oliwakemisola,

I enjoyed reading your post. I too have achiever in one of my top five signature themes. Clifton (2012), states that your

relentless need for achievement might not be logical or even be focused but it will always be with you. I don’t think that’s a

bad trait to have at all.

As I kept reading your post, you mentioned that connectedness is one strength that you need to improve on. I’m pretty

sure you’re not the only one that feels that way. I believe that being connected to people is important especially when it comes

to leadership. Your peers want to trust and believe in what you say. Discovering many avenues to invest in relationships

(Bergman, et al., 2020) such as your peers can help you prosper in your profession. Once you feel that connection, you be able

to succeed and move on to what motivates you. It’s that motivation that is truly inspiring and giving hope to colleagues

and followers within the organization (Broome & Marashall, 2021).


Bergman, D., Bethell, C., Gombojav, N., Hassink, S., & Stange, K. C. (2020). Physical Distancing With Social Connectedness.

Annals of Family Medicine, 18(3), 272-277.

Broome, M., & Marshall, E. S. (2021). Transformational leadership in nursing: From expert clinician to influential leader (3rd ed.).

New York, NY: Springer

Clifton, D. (2012). CliftonStrengths: Your signature themes. From

I enjoyed reading your posts about the themes of talent identified by Gallop. Your themes show talents that are symbiotic in many ways. For example, your talent for input and the ability to collect information work with being an achiever and consistently obtaining results. They are elemental qualities in a leader. Intellection and learner talents speak to your desire to become an authentic leader through acquiring knowledge for who you are and what you can become (Yoder-Wise, 2019). Awareness of ourselves and who we are, and what we do furthers our ability to strengthen self-management. Social awareness is gaining others’ perspectives, and identifying strengths and weaknesses allows one to direct energy to manage relationships (Yoder-Wise, 2019).

Astute leaders recognize the value of established instruments such as the Clifton StrengthsFinder to assess and develop innate strengths of team members and nurture performances (Penzias, 2020). Seemiller (2017) recommends using a competency approach to develop talents and identify where growth opportunities exist. For example, the theme communication can be enhanced by including skills that build non-verbal communication abilities, creating a roadmap for leadership development.


Penzias, A. (2020). Team Learning and Development Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and the Clifton StrengthsFinder®. Journal of Radiology Nursing, 39(2), 80–81.

Seemiller, C. (2017). Using Leadership Competencies to Develop Talents into Strengths. New Directions for Student Leadership, 2017(156), 31–42.

Yoder-Wise, P. S. (2019). Leading and managing in nursing. St. Louis, Missouri: Mosby.

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