Book – Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner

Summary some of the lessons for me:
Part 2: Model the Way
– Chap 3: Find your voice by clarifying your personal values

  • Look in the mirror.
  • Take time for contemplation.
  • Write a tribute to yourself.
  • Record the lessons from the leaders you admire.
  • Write your credo.
  • Engage in a credo dialogue and assessment.
  • Collect stories that teach values.
  • Audit your ability to succeed.

– Chap 4: Set the example by aligning actions with shared values.

  • Create alignment around key values.
  • Speak about shared values with enthusiasm and confidence – even drama.
  • Teach & reinforce through symbols & artifacts.
  • Lead by storytelling.
  • Put storytelling on your meeting agendas.
  • Ask questions.
  • Keep score.
  • Do a personal audit.

Part 3: Inspire a Shared Vision
– Chap 5: Envision the future by imagining exicting and ennobling possibilities

  • Read a biography of a visionary leader.
  • Think about your past.
  • Determine the “something” you want to do.
  • Write an article about how you’ve made a difference.
  • Write your vision statement.
  • Become a futurist.
  • Test your assumptions.
  • Rehearse with visualizations and affirmations.

– Chap 6: Enlist others in common vision by appealing to shared aspirations

  • Get to know your constituents.
  • Find the common ground.
  • Draft a collective vision statement.
  • Expand your communication skills.
  • Breathe life into your vision.
  • Speak from the heart.
  • Listen first – and often.
  • Hang out.

Part 4: Challenege the Process
– Chap 7: Search for opportunities by seeking innovative ways to change, grow and improve.

  • Treat every job as an adventure.
  • Seek meaningful challenges for yourself.
  • Find and create meaningful challenges for others.
  • Add fun to everyone’s work.
  • Question the status quo.
  • Renew your teams.
  • Create an open-source approach to searching for opportunities.
  • Send everyone shopping for ideas.

– Chap 8: Experiment and take risks by constantly generating small wins and learning from mistakes

  • Set up little experiments and develop models.
  • Make it safe for others to experiment.
  • Break mindsets.
  • Break it up and break it down.
  • Give people choices.
  • Accumulate yeses.
  • Admit your mistakes.
  • Conduct pre/postmortems for every project.

Part 5: Enable Others to Act
– Chap 9: Foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust

  • Conduct a collaboration audit.
  • Be the first to trust.
  • Ask questions, listen, and take advice.
  • Always say we.
  • Create jigsaw groups.
  • Focus on gains, not losses.
  • Make a list of alternative currencies.
  • Take a lot of human moments.
  • Create places and opportunities for informal interactions.

– Chap 10: Strengthen others by sharing power and discretion

  • Offer visible support.
  • Assign critical tasks.
  • Enrich people’s jobs.
  • Use modeling to develop competencies.
  • Stop talking and start building at staff meetings.
  • Enlarge people’s sphere of influence.
  • Educate, educate, educate.
  • Create a learning climate.

Part 6: Encourage the Heart
– Chap 11: Recognize contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence

  • Be creative about rewards.
  • Make recognition public.
  • Provide feedback en route.
  • Be a Pygmalion.
  • Foster positive expectations.
  • Make the recognition presentation meaningful.
  • Find people who are doing things right.
  • Don’t be stingy about saying thank you.

– Chap 12: Celebrate the values/victories by creating a spirit of community

  • Schedule celebrations.
  • Install a public “Bragging Board.”
  • Create a commemorative award honoring exemplary actions.
  • Demonstrate caring by walking around.
  • Show passion and compassion.
  • Be a cheerleader – your way.
  • Have fun.
  • Set the example – plan a celebration right now.

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