“The Leadership Challenge” is grounded in over 30 years of research and is based on Five Practices that provides an operating system for what leaders can do to be their personal best. The Authors discovered that Leadership is not about personality; it’s about Behavior —an observable set of skills and abilities. By practicing the skills of exemplary leaders, everyone can lead-no matter who you are or what you do. The authors discovered that when leaders despite differences in culture, gender, age, and other variables, experience their personal best they display Five Core Practices: they Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart. Jim and Barry called these behaviors The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®. Together, these practices provide the basis for The Leadership Challenge®
CLARIFY VALUES by finding your voice and affirming shared values. SET THE EXAMPLE by aligning actions with shared values
ENVISION THE FUTURE by imagining exciting and enabling possibilities ENLIST OTHERS in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations
SEARCH FOR OPPORTINITIES by seizing the initiative and by looking outward for innovative ways to improve. EXPERIMENT & TAKE RISKS by consistently generating small wins and learning from experience.
FOSTER COLLABORATION by building trust and facilitating relationships. STRENGTHEN OTHERS by increasing self determination and developing competence.
RECOGNIZE CONTRIBUTIONS by showing appreciation for individual excellence. CELEBRATE THE VALUES & VICTORIES by creating a spirit of community.
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