Leadership Model Level 3
Man undergoes different kinds of development and growth in his lifetime. One of the aspects of growth is leadership, therefore, it should be understood that leadership is not about picking leaders or a model for training leaders but rather, it is a lifetime framework that is created and revised continuously to reflect one’s values and beliefs in serving the community and the society.
Russell (2001) suggests that to create a personal leadership model it requires one to approach the process systematically and in a holistic manner so that a framework which incorporates various values is developed. He further argues that the framework of leadership which has been created must be flexible to allow integration of parts of other leadership models so that a leader can use it in making important decisions. As earlier stated, values are core in leadership, they define the behaviors of the leader hence contribute a great deal to the success of an individual or an organization (Russell, 2001).
The leader has the obligation of aligning the values, norms and beliefs so that they can make sense of meaning and purpose to the society. Besides demonstrating good leadership qualities, a leader should make contributions to the society so that he or she could make sense. Contributions may take place through organizations in which the leader is in charge of or those he or she might join the community, discipline or individual actions. The contributions to the society may include working for companies that support social help and sustainability, working for non-profit organizations voluntarily or playing an important role in the community like leading a church or public utility (Russell, 2001).
In summary, the creation of a personal model of leadership that will demonstrate a sense of meaning and purpose requires creativity, passion, and holistic approach. It will require one to continuously explore and analyze various leadership models before settling to one model which is visual and executable.