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.”


About alby59

Alberto has a 25-year plus career in Local Government which began as City Manager in Italy. He currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Lake Country in beautiful Central Okanagan BC. In addition, Alberto is Adjunct Professor to the Political Science Department of the University of Northern British Columbia and teaches a variety of local government related courses. He has developed a series of lectures on Leadership and Ethics and is designing a Project Management course aimed at Local Government and public sector practitioners. Very active in both his professional and academic life, Alberto has served as President of the Local Government Management Association of BC and the Association of Records Management Administrators of BC and Yukon. He also served as member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Tsunami Recovery Committee for the reconstruction of communities and local governments in Sri Lanka and Indonesia hit by the 2004 Tsunami and managed an FCM capacity building program with the City of San Fernando, La Union in the Philippines while with the Township of Langley. Alberto has earned facilitator certifications with Franklin Covey and Cognitive Edge, and continues to foster his interest in personal education and professional development. He is an avid reader, music lover, and science fiction movie aficionado. He plays guitar and piano for fun and sings with his wife and his children. He is also very active in his church and community being a former Rotarian and currently serving as the Second Counselor in the Thompson Okanagan (Vernon Stake) Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, his most important interest is his family: his wife Silvana and their two children Victor and Grace.
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One Response to Model the Way

  1. Ray Dykes says:

    Mmmmmm. If all else fails, set a good example! I like it.

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