The AMA handbook of leadership discusses the five rules of leadership that establishes and personifies the essence of a true leader. The first rule, “shaping the future,” the author states a leader must be a strategist. A leader must know where he wants his organization to go and must have a vision of what the future could be like. A strategist focuses on the direction of the organization and understands what resources will be readily available to make that goal achievable. The next rule discussed is one that states that a leader must be able to make things happen. This executor dimension of leadership focuses on how the leader will turn strategy into action. For this rule of leadership, discipline is fundamentally important and the expertise of the leader will shape the outcome ...view middle of the document...
This rule of leadership helps build the next generation of talent. The last rule of leadership discussed, which is one of the most important rules, is personal proficiency. Leaders, at all times, need to be heavily invested in their personal lives. This means that they are constantly learning from past experiences. They shape their lives around their beliefs and they inspire loyalty through their actions. These five rules of leadership, along with things that differentiate the leader from amongst his or her peers, result in the leadership branding for the individual or organization. The leadership brand is what others view you style of leadership and how effective the behavior of the leader aligns with the customer’s expectations. On a personal level, I am my own brand. The things I say and do people are going to attribute to my brand. I define the type of leader I will be or become.
Over the years I recognized the gifts and abilities I have in working with others to achieve goals. I would describe my ability to work interdependent with a team as a gift. It is something that I have always been able to do with little effort. There is not just one place on the dependence-interdependence continuum that one person will actively fit for any given situation. However, the goal of any situation is to make progress toward interdependence. The leader I am trying to become is one that actively adapts to any situation and is always able to strive toward interdependence. I have always aimed to be authentic so it is only natural for me to want to become an authentic leader. This leadership style to me is based on integrity, honesty, and transparency. Not only does this type of leader aligned with my personal beliefs but it is also an ideal leadership style that many people want to see.