What does it take to be an exemplary leader? Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, authors of The Leadership Challenge, set out to discover the common practices of leaders when they were at their leadership best.
Their analysis of thousands of cases and surveys revealed The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership:
Model the Way
Inspire a Shared Vision
Challenge the Process
Enable Others to Act
Encourage the Heart
360 Degree Assessment
Leaders are asked to complete a short questionnaire called the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). The LPI is designed to measure specific leadership behaviors and contribute toward an individual's development as a leader. This questionnaire is done online, contains 30 questions, and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Leaders are also asked to assign observers (a minimum of 10 is recommended) to complete the 360 degree LPI instrument on their behalf.
Experienced Tero facilitators help leaders interpret the data received, develop personal action plans to maximize strength areas and improve development areas and learn to facilitate ongoing, open communication with others in the organization.
A summary report for several leaders in an organization is also available. The 360 assessment can be repeated at a future time as a post-test to provide quantitative data around growth.
While there are no universal "right" answers when it comes to leadership, the research consistently shows the same results: The more frequently you demonstrate the behaviors included in the LPI, the more likely you will be seen as an effective leader.
People who frequently demonstrate LPI behaviors are seen as:
Being more effective in meeting job-related demands
Being more successful in representing their units to upper management
Creating higher-performing teams
Fostering loyalty and commitment
Increasing motivational levels and willingness to work hard
Reducing absenteeism, turnover, and dropout
Possessing high degrees of personal credibility
Click on the Leadership Practices Inventory logo for additional information about the LPI assessment.
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