Might be possible to teach about Leadership? The answer is “Yes”.
Kouzes and Posner – authors of The Leadership Challenge – have been working on this area for more than 30 years and they still believe that we have assumed management is the only skill in which we can be trained. That’s why, there are a lot of university programs and plenty organization that has invested on this particular area. But what if we do the same and we enhance leadership? Well, everything might be different. Leadership is about building relationships, building good relationships in any organization, workplace or business. “Leadership is a set of skills. Like any skill, with the proper motivation and desire, with practice and feedback, through role models and coaching, this skill can be strengthened, honed, and enhanced”. Assuming that, we directly assume that Leadership, not only can be taught, is something that can be learnt as well.
Then, how does one become the kind of person who makes a difference? That’s possible? And achievable? The answer, once again, is “Yes”. Kouzes and Posner identify the formula to become a Leader: (a) trial and error, (b) observation of others, and (c) formal education and training.
“Leadership is not about who you are; it’s about what you do”.
The Leadership Challenge proposes the “five practice” in its 5th edition focused on Kouzes and Posner findings and its ways of implementation called Ten Commitments of Leadership.
- Find your voice by clarifying you personal values.
- Set the example by aligning actions with shared values.
- Envision the future by imagining exciting and ennobling activities.
- Enlist others in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations.
- Search for opportunities by seeking innovative ways to change, grow and improve.
- Experiment and take risks by constantly generating small wins and learning from mistakes.
- Foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust.
- Strengthen others by sharing power and discretion.
- Recognize contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence.
- Celebrate the values and victories by creating a spirit of community.
This tool is growing day by day as well as the training given by professional trainers on this field.
If you want to be a leader, what are you waiting for?