The Leadership Challenge

The fundamentals of leadership are not a fad. While the context of leader- ship has changed dramatically, the content of leadership has endured the test of time.

When leaders understand that leadership is a relationship and they begin to engage in the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® — Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act and Encourage the Heart — they are better able to embark on a lifetime of success and significance.

The Leadership Challenge is about how leaders mobilize others to want to get extraordinary things done in organizations. It is about the practices leaders use to transform values into actions, visions into realities, obstacles into inno- vations, separateness into solidarity and risks into rewards. It’s about leadership that creates the climate in which people turn challenging opportunities into remarkable successes.

Authors James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, Ph.D., offer a set of lead- ership practices based on the real-world experiences of thousands of people who have answered the call for leadership. They confirm the discovery that when the leader in everyone is liberated, extraordinary things happen.