The fourth Practice of Exemplary Leadership through the Leadership Challenge is Enable Others to Act.

In our face-paced and ever-changing work environments, it becomes easy for us to just say “I’ll do it myself”.  But exemplary leaders take the opposite path – they foster collaboration and build spirited teams by actively engaging and involving others.  They deeply understand that mutual respect is what sustains extraordinary efforts and they consistently strive – through both word and deed – to create an atmosphere of trust and human dignity. They also lift-up and strengthen others, making each person feel capable and powerful.  They consistantly “Enable others to Act.”

The bottom line is that teamwork makes the dream work!

Robert Shindell Enable Others to Act

Leaders foster collaboration and build spirited teams. They actively involve others. Leaders understand that mutual respect sustains extraordinary efforts. They strive to create an atmosphere of trust and human dignity. They strengthen others, making each person feel capable and powerful.

A good example of this practice can be found in this incredibly inspiring video about how one person has enabled others to act to benefit an entire community and impact the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of families.

Check out the awesome video and then ask yourself the following questions: –>

  1. Am I rigorous engaging others on a regular basis?
  2. Am I spending the right amount of time enabling those around me to achieve more than they have in the past?
  3. Am I communicating effectively and leading by example?

Without the ability to enable others to act and develop cooperative relationships among people you work with, your ability to be a great leader, and to create an amazing work culture, will be limited.

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My leadership journey began more than than 25 years ago with The Leadership Challenge, the most trusted source on becoming a better leader.  So far, more than 2 million copies of the book have been published in over in over 20 languages. Based on Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner’s extensive global research, this life changing approach to leadership and their enduring work is critical to help us navigate the world of work today.  The basic premise is that leadership is a relationship that must be nurtured and, most important, that it can be learned.