In your readings for this unit from The Leadership Challenge, you are introduced to the first of the five practices of effective leadership: model the way. According to Kouzes and Posner (2017), leaders must clarify their values and set a good example to model the way for their followers.
The essentials of clarifying valuesinclude:
- Find your voice.
- Affirm shared values.
The essentials of setting the example include:
- Personify the shared values.
- Teach others to model the way.
For this discussion, complete the following:
- Select one essential of clarifying values and one of setting the example, and explain what each means to you.
- If you are in (or have been in) a leadership role, describe how your leadership behavior exemplified the practice of modeling the way. Note: Your leadership experience may have been outside the workplace.
- If you have not been in any type of leadership role, describe how you witnessed a leader of yours exemplifying the practice of modeling the way.
Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (2017). The leadership challenge: How to make extraordinary things happen in organizations (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
KEYS TO EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP
In the introduction of Strengths Based Leadership, Rath and Conchie ask, “What are the keys to being a more effective leader” (Rath & Conchie, p.2)? According to the text, a team of experts was assembled to address this question and they produced three key findings:
- The most effective leaders are always investing in strengths.
- The most effective leaders surround themselves with the right people and then maximize their team.
- The most effective leaders understand their followers’ needs (Rath & Conchie, pp. 2–3).
What do you think of these findings? Do you agree or disagree with these conclusions? Why? Describe how you have seen each of these keys used by a leader. Could that leader be you? If so, describe how you used these keys.
Rath, T., & Conchie, B. (2008). Strengths based leadership.New York, NY: Gallup Press.