Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership
1. MODEL THE WAY
These leaders create standards of excellence and then set an example for others to follow. They clearly voice and express their personal values and set a powerful example for those around them by aligning their actions with their values. They don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk.
2. INSPIRE A SHARED VISION
These leaders passionately believe that they can make a difference. They envision the future, creating an ideal and unique image of how to create change. These leaders inspire others to also share their vision for the future.
3. CHALLENGE THE PROCESS
These leaders search for opportunities to change accepted routines. They look for innovative ways to improve the systems around them. They experiment and take risks. These leaders know that risk taking involves mistakes and failures, and accept the inevitable disappointments as learning opportunities.
4. ENABLE OTHERS TO ACT
These leaders foster collaboration and build spirited communities. They actively involve others. These leaders strive to create an atmosphere of trust and respect. They create spaces for the quiet contributors to be heard, encouraging everyone to share their voice. They strengthen others, making each person feel capable and powerful.
5. ENCOURAGE THE HEART
Accomplishing extraordinary things as a community is hard work. To keep hope and determination alive, these leaders openly recognize the contributions that individuals make. In every community, the members need to share in the rewards of their efforts, so these leaders make a point to celebrate accomplishments. They make people feel like heroes.
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