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Leadership Challenge


In corporations and nonprofits, from academia to government, healthcare to technology, The Leadership Challenge has helped millions of leaders gain clarity in their vision and purpose. And along the way, they’ve shown how when you empower those who follow to achieve their personal best, you can transform companies, campuses, and organizations anywhere in the world. 



The research Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner of uncovered five practices common to personal-best leadership experiences.


Model the Way

  • Clarify values by finding your voice and affirming shared ideals.

  • Set the example by aligning actions with shared values.


Inspire a Shared Vision

  • Envision the future by imagining exciting and ennobling possibilities.

  • Enlist others in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations.


Challenge the Process

  • Search for opportunities by seizing the initiative and by looking outward for innovative

  • ways to improve.

  • Experiment and take risks by constantly generating small wins an learning from experience.


Enable Others to Act

  • Foster collaboration by building trust and facilitating relationships.

  • Strengthen others by increasing self-determination and developing competence.


Encourage the Heart

  • Recognize contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence.

  • Celebrate the values and victories by creating a spirit of community.


Workshop Objectives


  • Provide an overview of the Leadership Challenge training.

  • Set the example for others by aligning your actions with shared values.

  • Inspire others to share a common vision. 

  • Search for opportunities to change and improve. 

  • Build collaboration, teamwork, and trust. 

  • Recognize the accomplishments of others. 

  • Name and describe The Five Practices of Exemplary 


Workshop Format


The LC workshop can be presented in two formats as a half-day or full-day. Use the links below to see samples of each as well as a fuller description of the five practices.



Theory & Evidence Behind The Five Practices 


There is considerable empirical support for the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership framework. Here we provide an overview of the development and validation of the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). Comparisons of LPI scores along a number of critical dimensions are summarized, as well as brief insights into findings by other researchers utilizing this leadership framework and instrument.


Research link





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