Some years ago the US Navy did a study of high-performing organizations, looking for traits they could replicate elsewhere. One thing they found is that the leaders of these teams made their expectations clear. The Navy institutionalized the idea, tasking commanders to write and share a leadership philsophy. The tool is now widely used in other military services and throughout the business community.
Because these are personal leadership philosophies, they vary with the individual; however, they tend to share some common denominators. (Bear in mind that these are not about the business goals, but about how team members will interact.) I and my colleagues at Academy Leadership have helped thousands of leaders write these statements, and here’s what they share almost universally, and what your team wants to hear from you:
The best leadership philosophies are written clearly and in the writer’s voice, meaning it sounds like something that person would say in face-to-face conversation.
A leader who writes and shares a personal leadership philosophy reaps a number of benefits:
Consider giving yourself and your team this gift. Start by looking at these free samples and find help on how to write a personal leadership philosophy.