Defining Your Leadership Philosophy on One Piece of Paper

Budgets, materials, programs, and projects all get managed. It’s a checklist of tasks, and results are typically pretty easy to measure. The problem is we want to take a similar checklist approach to how we deal with people.

For a quick video overview of these topics, check out this footage from a panel I was on to discuss the topic of leadership. It will give you a quick set of stories on the topic. In addition to that footage, here are video excerpts from a keynote presentation on this topic. Beyond that, we must dive in deeper to the leadership-maxims approach. Here goes.

So why am I encouraging you to go through all this work of articulating your leadership maxims?

Published: Monday, August 14, 2023 – 12:02

For a maxim to be effective, it must be simple. No consultobabblespeak. No buzzwords. Ideally, the maxim is rooted in a story that’s deeply personal and meaningful to you.

To get a holistic view of leadership, you need to look at four aspects of it:
Leading yourself: What motivates you, and what are your “rules of the road?”
Leading the thinking: Where are you taking the organization, and what are your standards for performance?
Leading your people: Duh. This is the one we always focus on, usually to the detriment of other aspects.
Leading a balanced life: If you’re burned out, you’re worthless. How do you define and achieve balance?

Coming out of that, we’ll start working on creating a set of leadership maxims for you. What I’m encouraging you to do is create your own set of maxims. (Don’t worry—I’ll help you do so in future posts.)

That summed up my leadership philosophy at that time. As I’ve grown, learned, and made mistakes over the years, I’ve added to my list of maxims. They change as I change and as I aspire to be more than I am today.

First published July 5, 2023, on thoughtLeaders LLC on LinkedIn.