Five Challenges: The Five Practices Of Challenging Leadership

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Challenging Leadership
Our group’s reflection of Kouzes and Posner book The Leadership Challenge, has modeled our idea of leadership. We will examine the five practices of excellent leadership: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart (Kouzes & Posner, 2007 pg. 14). “Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an International Honorary Society of over 40,000 members, has over 600 collegiate, university, and professional chapters that are led by a group of student officers” (Sterrett & Bond, 2012 pg. 29). The 21 student officers that represent the successful chapters were asked questions about their leadership. These officers are not just educators-in-training; they are active leaders now. Their voices illustrate lessons learned from the five practices (Sterrett & Bond, 2012 pg. 31). Also, we will discuss examples of each of the five principles.
Model the Way Titles are granted, but it is your conduct that wins you respect. As Tom Brack of Europe’s SmartTeam AG told Kouzes and Posner, “Leading means you have to be a good example, and live what you say” (Kouzes & Posner, 2007 pg. 15). This sentiment was shared across all of the cases that they collected. Excellent leaders know that if that want to gain engagement and achieve the highest
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“They must clarify values.” As the personal-best stories illustrated, leaders have to stand up for their beliefs, so they better have beliefs to stand up for. Leaders must forge agreement encompassing common principles and ideals (Kouzes & Posner, 2007 pg. 15). Excellent leaders go first. “They go first by setting the example through daily actions that demonstrate they are deeply committed to their beliefs.” Modeling the way is about gaining the right and respect to lead through direct involvement and action. People will follow the person first, then the plan (Kouzes & Posner, 2007 pg.
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