My Reflective Philosophy consists of themes that have emerge from reflection on personal life philosophy. These themes include a definition of life (and leadership), a mental outlook statement, personal mantra, and vision/mission statements that provide a summative view of my overall approach to life and leadership. These are detailed below:
Life (or leadership) is a phenomenal and dynamic experience through which individuals engage in relationships that provide the opportunity to serve and collaborate with others for positive impact in their communities.
"Let every man be occupied, and occupied in the highest employment of which his nature is capable, and die with the consciousness that he has done his best". Sydney Smith
A wise intercultural individual (or leader) serves with authenticity, follows courageously, and steward’s organizational resources ethically while personally developing through constant assessment, challenge, and support. The cultivation of leadership skill is a personal journey in which the aspiring leader must manage oneself and construct a narrative that facilitates learning, change and growth. Leadership development is impacted by a variety of themes including the leader’s worldview, life purpose, vision and values, capabilities, human nature, commitment to growth, and spiritual formation. As the leader develops in these areas and engages in social action, opportunities arise that facilitate an application of leadership skill to human life’s situations. Humans exist in relation with other humans, engaging in social actions and behavior that necessitates interaction. Human action that is conducted in community with other individuals and with specific objectives underlies the existence of the organization. Organizations exist for a purpose. This requires the cooperation of those within them and drives both the leader’s actions and those of other functionaries who specialize in different aspects of the organization’s mission. The world is increasingly becoming a small village thus requiring leaders and organizations to deal across boundaries and borders. This requires an enhanced vision of human nature, an understanding of cultures, and an appreciation of universal ethical values. Toward these ends, this leadership portfolio is developed as an exhibit of this writer’s growth towards fulfilling his calling and role in a world that yearns for leadership. The papers included in this portfolio provide evidence of personal scholarly development and a growing understanding of leadership. The application projects, exhibits and supporting documentation of leadership action provide examples of the writer’s influence and impact as a servant leader, a difference maker, and world changer. Ultimately this is a work in progress. Leadership development and leader growth is a continuous journey. As personal understanding of organizational leadership theory grows, the ideas herein may change but the spirit of making a difference will endure.
My personal mantra, which serves as the Najoli family motto, is: Live, Love, Lead, Learn, Laugh, Legacy, Leverage!
Vision and Mission Statements
My personal vision is a world in which people are fully empowered with all they need to live a better life. This informs my personal mission in life which is to empower others with knowledge, skills, wisdom and resources that will enlighten, encourage, equip, embolden and enable them to embody the Greatness of a better life. .