Can Leaders be Created?
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Over the last twenty five years, The Leadership Challenge has developed a reputation as a research-driven, evidence-based leadership development program model. Most noteworthy, there is a simple principle at its core: leadership is a measurable, learnable, and teachable set of behaviors. The Five Practices of Exemplary® Leadership resulted from an intensive research project by leadership experts James Kouzes and Barry Posner. Hence, this project defined the leadership competencies essential for getting extraordinary things done in business.
In conclusion, this study found that when leaders are at their personal best they will:
- Model the Way: Leaders clarify values by finding their voices and affirming shared ideals. Therefore, they set examples by aligning their actions with shared values.
- Inspire a Shared Vision: Leaders envision the future by imaging, exciting and ennobling possibilities. As a result, they enlist others in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations.
- Challenge the Process: Leaders search for opportunities by seizing the initiative. Also, they look outward for innovative ways to improve, and experiment. Finally, leaders take risks by constantly generating small wins and learning from mistakes.
- Enable Others to Act: Leaders foster collaboration by building trust and facilitating relationships. Hence, they strengthen others by fostering self-determination and developing competence.
- Encourage the Heart: Leaders recognize contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence. In conclusion, they celebrate values and victories by creating a spirit of community.
The Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) helps leaders assess their use of the practices to make plans for improvement.
The Five Practices of Exemplary® Leadership have survived the test of time.
The context may have changed since Kouzes and Posner began their work, but the content remains constant. Furthermore, Leadership consists of learned skills and abilities. With the proper support and encouragement, almost anyone who has the desire and commitment can improve.
Customize the Leadership Development Program as a one, two, or three-day workshop, one-on-one program, or as a combination of program approaches. In conclusion, the Leadership Challenge works well in conjunction with the Team Building program.