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The summer break can mean relaxing in the sun (weather permitting), a staycation (complete with DIY), or a full-blown globe-trotting adventure. However you choose to enjoy yourself, this is also a good time for reflection on the year so far. Perhaps your thoughts are drifting to challenges like: Maintaining momentum in the face of the […]

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An organisation’s success never rests on one set of shoulders; P.T. Barnum wouldn’t have lasted long on the trapeze. Leaders set the tone for their environment and have faith that others can do their bit. Do you want a space where people cling to their comfort zones, never thinking above their pay grade? Or do […]

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Business booms when it’s more than just business as usual. Remember the joy you felt when you started making a living from something you love? Top leaders stir that same emotional response in their teams, turning them into communities. This is Encouraging the Heart, the fifth Practice of Exemplary Leadership explored in The Leadership Challenge. […]

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The best leaders have the courage to discard the obsolete. But that doesn’t make them wrecking balls who go about trying to fix what isn’t broken. Exemplary leadership walks a thin line, shaking things up to create order from the chaos surrounding us. We call this Challenging the Process, one of the Five Practices of […]

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Human history is built on envisioning the future. Many of us dream of a better tomorrow; effective leaders are those who create a roadmap to get there… but it’s not a path they walk alone. Whether in business, politics, or everyday life, deciding where you need to be is just the beginning. You then need […]

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Exemplary leadership is built on values. Those wishing to go beyond simple management and step up to lead must first discover, then embody the values they hold dear. Not only that, they need to teach others to do the same. Encouraging your direct reports to take the same journey as yourself lets them spread your […]

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Helen Green

30 years of the Leadership Challenge

On the surface, the Leadership Challenge is a book by James Kouzes and Barry Posner, first published in 1987 and now on its 2017 sixth edition. On another level, it’s a straightforward, practical model for leadership rooted in over three decades of ongoing research. It’s used by both established and up-and-coming leaders from all walks […]

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“Any little girl who’s practising their speech on the telly – you never know!” Olivia Colman, in a widely applauded Oscar acceptance speech, managed to inject a note of encouragement amidst the usual thank-you’s. Never giving up, working hard to achieve your dream is an important message, particularly in the days of reality show instant […]

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How do you spend your lunch hour? Or perhaps, given the results of a recent Glassdoor survey, I should be asking whether you have a lunch hour at all? 70% of those polled take less than an hour for lunch, with the average across the survey being just 31 minutes. And with 23% commenting that […]

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Do you enjoy what you do? More importantly, how do your people perceive their daily work? Are they happy and engaged, approaching their work in a positive frame of mind or is it more of a case of Mondayitis? Two recent surveys have revealed that for some at least, work is not as pleasant and […]

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