Leadership Challenge

The Leadership Challenge (Sixth Edition, 2017)
James Kouzes and Barry Posner

  • Leadership is an observable pattern of practices and behavior and a definable set of skills and abilities that can be learned.

  • Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership

  • Model the Way – Set the example – values and mission

  • Inspire – imagine exciting & enriching possibilities and enlist others in a shared vision

  • Challenge the Process – Seize the initiative and look for innovative was to improve

  • Enable Others to Act – Build trust and facilitate relationships. Strengthen others by developing competence.

  • Encourage the Heart – Recognize contributions and celebrate victories

  • Leaders Think Ideas, Managers Think Execution

  • Leaders Inspire People; Managers Drive Their Success

  • Leaders Look in the Future, Managers Work In the Present

  • Leaders Set the Vision, Managers Follow It

  • Leaders Shape the Culture, Managers Endorse It

  • Culture is a system of values, beliefs, and behaviors that shape and determine how an organization operates and how the work gets done.

  • To follow someone willing, people need a leader who they believe is:

    • Honest – “If you don’t believe the messenger you will not believe the message.”

    • Competent

    • Inspiring

    • Forward Looking

  • True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers not the enrichment of the leaders.”Robert Townsend