Model the Way

This week I wish to share some quotes from Dr. Jim Kouzes and Dr. Berry Posner, both from Santa Clara University in California and authors of the best-selling book “The Leadership Challenge”

“More than ever there is need for people to seize the opportunities to lead us to greatness.”

“Leadership begins with something that grabs hold of you and won’t let go.”

“Leadership is everyone’s business.”

“We make extraordinary things happen when we liberate the leader within everyone.”

“The domain of leaders is the future. The leader’s unique legacy is the creation of valued institutions that stand the test of time.”

“The most significant contribution leaders make is not simply to today’s bottom line; it is the long-term development of people and institutions so they can adapt, change, prosper and grow.”

“We all want to know that we’ve done something special on this earth, that there’s a purpose to our existence.”

“Exemplary leaders stand for something, believe in something, and care about something. They find their voice by clarifying their personal values and then expressing those values in their unique and authentic style. Leaders also know they cannot force their views on others. Instead, they work tirelessly to forge consensus around a set of common principles. Eloquent speeches about admirable beliefs, however, aren’t nearly enough. Words and deeds must be consistent for leaders to have integrity. Leaders must set the example by aligning their personal actions with shared values. When constituents know what their leaders have the courage of convictions, they are more willing to commit. People first follow the person, then the plan.”


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