The Leadership Challenge Program

Program Overview    leadership-challenge2

As an example the class can discuss the characteristics of admired leaders and the role of credibility as the foundation of leadership. 

The curriculum reviews organizational leadership and management and the value leadership provides to an organization and what characteristics are needed in today’s organization to change quickly.

In this curriculum the purpose is to understand the qualities and the characteristics that engage a vision in our leadership. In order to be a leader and manager we need people to understand our vision so others can follow our plans. In our ever-changing world our competition forces our plans to change rapidly and with that change as leaders and managers we need to you set clear objectives and plans for change so people can adapt, be flexible and to take action when needed.

Challenge the process is one of the five practices that takes time to understand the true meaning of the challenge at hand. In most cases, people preferred to leave things as they are and not ‘challenge the process’ as things are fine the way they are. Yes, and in the world in which we live today we are forced to react quickly and make changes. Most of us prefer not to challenge the process, yet it is an important skill to learn.  Learning how to challenge the process is an art and a science and learning how to do that both internally and externally can benefit those people that you engage within your work environment. It all starts with a climate of trust and that needs to be created as part of the process.

Enabling others to act is a huge responsibility.  The curriculum design can be built upon ways to bring people together by using technologies to collaborate in teams and providing team members the ability to self regulate  and make important decisions amongst their team members. 

Encouraging the heart and remaining steadfast in doing the right thing when you know you can is part of that commitment of this practice, and in truth it probably is the hardest to do in business. The curriculum design can focus on opportunities to recognize others and to provide thoughtful feedback and encouragement. 

In summary, the workshop and curriculum design brings forth the wisdom of the years from the Kouzes and Posner formidable work. Below are a few quotes from their work.

Truth 1 – Leadership 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. Leaders become leaders because people are willing to follow their lead.
  2. Leadership is a relationship, it is about us.
    1. #1 – Relationships with subordinates.
    2. People don’t quit their organizations, they quit their managers.
    3. 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 4 – You either lead by example or you don’t lead at all

  1. Truth and being forward-looking differentiates most leaders.
  2. Where are we going?
  3. Vision trumps everything.
  4. “Leadership is the art of mobilizing others to want to struggle for shared aspirations.”  – Kouzes & Posner

Kouzes, J. & Posner, B. (2007) The leadership challenge. San Francisco, CA. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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