Leadership Insight: Developing a Personal Leadership Philosophy

It is common in all branches of the U.S. armed services for top-ranking officials to develop and declare their philosophy of leadership. Lone Star Peak Performance wants to help your team implement the battle-tested leadership practice of developing a Personal Leadership Philosophy (PLP)! 

What is a PLP?

A Personal Leadership Philosophy states your core values, what you expect of your team and what they can expect of you. 

What are the benefits of developing a PLP?

A well-defined Personal Leadership Philosophy provides your team with transparency in the form a written document that lays out your core leadership values and sets priorities for the organization. 

How does Lone Star Peak Performance help develop PLPs?

Lone Star Peak Performance provides the perfect environment for your team to craft their Personal Leadership Philosophies. Removed from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind, your team has the ability to reflect on, and reconnect with, their core values. Additionally, the exciting experiential learning team building programs provide the perfect testing ground to refine PLP’s by simulating crucible experiences in chaotic environments. Our expert facilitators can work with your team to ensure that their PLP’s are broad enough to be applied in a plethora of situations but specific enough to provide useful guidance. 

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How do you develop a PLP?

Step 1: Define 

Take your time in reflecting on and writing down your responses to these questions:

• What are your core values?

• What do you believe to be necessary to success?

• What traits do you wish to call out in others?

Now that you have defined your core values, translate these into leadership principles that you will model and that you want to call out in others. 

• For example, if one of your core values is trust you could translate it into the following leadership principle: “I will work to earn the trust and respect of those around me by empowering leverage their talents in order to do their jobs.”

Step 2: Disseminate  

Now that you have your PLP, it is time to disseminate and distribute it.

• Begin disseminating your PLP to your “trusted agents”, those around you who will give you honest, constructive feedback.

• Don’t just email your PLP out and hope for the best, schedule in a time to have a conversation with your core team around your PLP. 

• During this conversation, ask for their feedback and suggestions on how to improve it; after all, they are the subject matter experts on your leadership style! 

Step 3: Demonstrate 

After reflecting, writing and communicating, now it is time to actually demonstrate your Personal Leadership Philosophy. 

• You should identify with, and know, your PLP so well that you it oozes out of you and your actions. 

• Your PLP should easily provide others with information on who you are and what you stand for.  

• Your PLP should guide your daily decisions and choices.

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“Successful leaders know their Personal Leadership Philosophy (PLP) and communicate it by living it passionately every day in all they say and do. They have taken the time to determine who they are, their values and priorities. They know their course and have set their internal compass, which gives them greater self-knowledge, greater self-confidence, and improved effectiveness as a leader.” 

~Ed Ruggerio