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.
The world and the workplace have changed dramatically since the first edition of The Leadership Challenge, and through over 100 all-new case studies and firsthand accounts, Jim and Barry explore the toughest organizational challenges leaders face today. Yet while the context of leadership has changed dramatically, the content of leadership has endured the test of time.
The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® remain not only relevant today but critical to a leader’s success. The ongoing research by Kouzes and Posner, as well as others, reveals that when leaders understand that leadership is a relationship and when they begin to engage in The Five Practices they are better able to embark on their lifelong journey of success and significance. By exploring The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership in action around the world, The Leadership Challenge offers fresh insight into the changes in how people work and what people want from their work.
The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership are:
Model the Way
Inspire a Shared Vision
Challenge the Process
Enable Others to Act
Encourage the Heart
I hope you will join me as I delve deeper into practical applications for everyday leaders in these critical areas that the leaders of tomorrow need to focus on. To learn more about me, click here.