When you liberate the leader within, you can make extraordinary things happen…for yourself, those who follow you and the world.

The Leadership Challenge® evolved from research that started in 1983 by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner when they set out to discover what people did when they were at their personal best in leading others. They discovered certain skills and behaviours that were common to leaders who were able to make extraordinary things happen in their organisations, and they eventually decided to group these behaviours together to form ‘The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®’.

By approaching leadership as a measurable, learnable and teachable set of behaviours,’The Five Practices’have helped many to achieve extraordinary results, and today ‘The Leadership Challenge® Model’ is one of the most recognised models of leadership excellence in the world.

Alongside the Leadership Practices Inventory®, a leadership assessment instrument developed from ‘The Five Practices’, The Leadership Challenge Model® will help you to transform your leaders and it will enable you to increase the level of commitment, engagement and satisfaction of those that follow.

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®:

Model The Way

Leaders should establish principles concerning the way people (constituents, peers, colleagues, and customers alike) should be treated and the way goals should be pursued. They create standards of excellence and then set an example for others to follow. As the prospect of complex change can overwhelm people and stifle action, they set interim goals so that people can achieve small wins as they work toward larger objectives. They unravel bureaucracy when it impedes action; they put up signposts when people are unsure of where to go or how to get there; and they create opportunities for success.

Inspire a Shared Vision

Leaders passionately believe that they can make a difference. They envision the future and create an ideal and unique image of what the organisation can become. Through their charisma and influence, leaders enlist others in their dreams. They breathe life into their visions and they get people to see exciting possibilities for the future.

Challenge the Process

Leaders search for opportunities to change the status quo. They look for innovative ways to improve the organisation and by doing so, they experiment and take risks. As leaders know that risk taking involves mistakes and failures, they accept the inevitable disappointments as learning opportunities and they use this to foster positive change.

Enable Others to Act

Leaders foster collaboration and build spirited teams. They actively involve others and create a safe, trusting environment to experiment in. Leaders understand that mutual respect is what sustains extraordinary efforts; they strive to create an atmosphere of trust and human dignity. They strengthen others, making each person feel capable and powerful.

Encourage the Heart

Accomplishing extraordinary things in organisations is hard work. To keep hope and determination alive, leaders recognise contributions that individuals make. In every winning team, the members need to share in the rewards of their efforts, so leaders celebrate accomplishments. They make people feel like heroes.