Leadership Portfolio consists of some of my engagements and underpinnings as a difference-maker and a shift-mover in a variety of arenas. There are seven critical areas as outlined in the papers and videos below:
1 – Servant as leader
“The great leader is seen as a servant first”. Robert K. Greenleaf
The greatest virtue of a leader is to serve others first and foremost. The Angels Among Us video award below captures an aspect of service rendered at a local nonprofit organization.
A fuller detail of this philosophy is outlined in my Dynamic Leadership Philosophy which provides a scholarly demonstration of my approach toward being a servant leader and a world changer. The practice of servant leadership is implemented through this Servant as Leader Commentary and Exhibit.
2 – Personal authenticity
“Is there some common quality among these Representative Men who have been successful as leaders? I call it the need to be authentic – or, as our dictionaries tell us, conforming to fact and therefore worthy of trust, reliance or belief. While the charismatic has an uncanny outside source of strength, the authentic is strong because he is what he seems to be”. Daniel J. Boorstin
Outstanding service to homeless persons at a Cincinnati area social services agency, leading to an award – Forty Under 40 from the Cincinnati Business Courier.
Authentic leaders understand that the values and principles they embody communicate immensely to followers. My Core Worldview evidences my principles, and basic approach to leader engagement and development. The Authentic Leadership Commentary and Exhibit reflects my passion for living a life that models excellence to the wider society and being an authentic change agent.
3 – Organizational theory and research
“He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.” Leonardo da Vinci.
The white paper on Nature of Organizations explores a variety of elements that facilitate leadership effectiveness in organizations. The Organizational Theory Commentary and Exhibit provides an outline of application efforts for sound theory in practical leadership within an organizational setting.
4 – Organizational learning
“An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage”. Jack Welch.
Learning, unlearning, and relearning excellence at a local not-for-profit organization in the Cincinnati area.
The treatise on Effective Learning in Organizations attests to the power of organizational learning and provides concepts that are useful in bringing an organizational learning practice to any community. The Organizational Learning Commentary and Exhibit, captures a learning organization initiative that was implemented at a local company.
5 – Change, innovation and entrepreneurship
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”. Margaret Mead.
The heart of driving Change and Innovation requires application of leadership concepts in the context of rapid transformation. The Change Exhibit demonstrates a step-by-step strategic approach to leading change in an organizational setting.
6 – Globalization and multiculturalism
Modern organizational leaders require cross-cultural skills that demonstrate an understanding of and ability to manage diverse people. The need for Cultural Adaptation and appreciation of cultural differences calls for leadership that carefully addresses globalization and multiculturalism. The Globalization and Multiculturalism Exhibit details an applied project that was implemented with the goal of bringing about greater sensitivity to intercultural differences within an organizational setting.
7 – Ethics and leadership
Workplace ethics are a critical issue in any organization, a stimulating topic for executives, and an interesting field for researchers and practitioners of leadership. Rampant scandals and problems in organizations have generated an intense focus on ethical issues in the modern workplace. My Philosophy of Ethical Leadership is founded on how leaders model good ethical behavior and cultivate it within their organizations. The Ethical Leadership Commentary and Exhibit details an application project and provides practical outcomes that were implemented in an organizational setting towards enhancing the ethical standards of the group.
No portfolio says everything it should about an individual. Nothing that a person does is complete. What matters most is the spark that ignites leadership promise, the success that delivers insight for a leadership pathway, and the significance that cultivates impact for leadership purposes.
Leadership Promise – Ignition
Leadership Pathway – Insight
Leadership Purpose – Impact
Dr. Herman J. Najoli. PO Box 7112, Cincinnati, OH 45205