As a leader, it is important for you to share information about yourself with your team. Communicating your philosophy on leadership, as well as your purpose, values, and expectations is a great way to build authentic relationships with your staff.
What is Included in a Leadership Portrait?
- A description of your philosophy on leadership
- Key mentors and events in your life that have shaped your philosophy on leadership
- Your personal purpose
- Your personal values
- An overview of what people can expect from you as a leader and what you expect from them
Benefits of Developing and Sharing Your Leadership Portrait
- Clarifies who you want to be as a leader so you can be true to yourself
- Provides direction for both your short-term and long-term decisions and actions
- Celebrates those key people and circumstances in your life that helped you become the leader you are
- Builds relationships at a deeper level which will strengthen your team
- Illustrates vulnerability and transparency which are great traits of a servant leader
- Paints a clear picture for what people can expect from you as their leader
- Leads to high performance in all aspects of your life
I recently had the opportunity to work with over 50 leaders of an organization in the development and sharing of their Leadership Portraits. Consistent with my past experiences, it was an extremely impactful day.
It is always emotional, as people share about those people and events that have impacted their life. It is a very engaging time, where leaders learn more about their peers than they ever knew, even though they had worked together for many years. And everyone comes away from the experience closer to each other, and more united as a team.
The establishment of your Leadership Portrait is not to be taken lightly. It will take some time, thought and energy to put it together. But I guarantee you will be a more effective leader in all areas of your life for committing to this process.
So what are you waiting for? Pick up a copy of Leading Jesus’ Way and you will find all the help you need to discern your personal purpose, your values, and your Leadership Portrait. I look forward to hearing progress reports as you develop and share your Leadership Portrait with your team.
We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.
2 Corinthians 6:11-13