chapter  4
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On Becoming a Leader: A Journey

ByJane E. Myers, Catherine Y. Chang, Andrea L. Dixon, Casey A. Barrio Minton, Thomas J. Sweeney

Covey (1990) explained the importance of being intentional in determining our personal mission or purpose in life. In his widely read book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey suggested that a powerful way to develop a personal philosophy is through the writing of a personal mission statement, a narrative that describes who you are and what you believe to be your core purpose in life. As noted in Chapter 3, Townsend and Gebhardt’s (1997) rst commandment of leadership, “thou shalt develop a personal philosophy of leadership, share it . . . , and live by it . . .” (p. 215), underscores the importance of developing a philosophy, and engaging in continued reection and commitment to one’s personal philosophy of leadership.