The Leadership Challenge, James Kouzes and Barry Posner

Five Practices

  1. Model the way
  2. Inspire a shared vision
  3. Challenge the process
  4. Enable others to act
  5. Encourage the heart

Truth 1Leadership development begins with self development

  1. Who are you?
  2. Spend time on values of organization, vision

Truth 2 – You can’t do it alone Define leadership:

  1. Leader because people are willing to follow
  2. Leadership is a relationship, it is about us.#1 – Relationships with subordinates
  • People don’t quit their organizations, they quit their managers.
  • People stay because they value their organization

Truth 3 – The foundation of leadership is credibility

  1. Honest
  2. Forward looking
  3. Inspiring
  4. Competent Truth

Truth 4 – You either lead by example or you don’t lead at all.

  • Truth being forward-looking most differentiates leaders.
  • Where are we going?
  • Vision trumps everything

“Leadership is the art of mobilizing others to want to struggle for shared aspirations.” Kouzes & Posner

I think The Leadership Challenge, Kouzes & Posner have it right! Kouzes, J. & Posner, B. (2007)

The leadership challenge. San Francisco, CA. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

John Hope Bryant, in his new book, “Love Leadership” takes the message to a level about opening the heart further. In today’s workplace our leaders and managers would do well by reflecting on the wisdom in his words:

“Five laws of love-based leadership”

  1. Loss creates leaders: There can be no inner growth without the pain of legitimate suffering.
  2. Fear fails: Leading through fear is antiquated and self-defeating, a crippling indulgence that we can no longer afford.
  3. Love makes money: The expression of love in business – creating long-term relationships with customers and employees based on caring for others and doing good-makes everyone wealthy.
  4. Vulnerability is power: When you open up, people open up to you. Real leaders know that vulnerability is not a weakness, but rather their greatest strength.
  5. Giving is getting: Leaders give, followers take. Give inspires mind, and lies at the core of true wealth.  

Bryant, J. (2009). Love Leadership. San Francisco, CA. Jossey-Bass.

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