The Kouzes Posner Model
Several years ago I was issued written discipline by a Captain for not wearing my police hat while outside a building or my cruiser. I was issued this discipline in the parking lot of the Police Department by a Captain who was not wearing his hat (he seldom does). When I mentioned to him that I felt he was being unfair he commented, "I make the rules, you need to learn to follow them". The events of that day served as fuel for me to continue my education into leadership and learn to be the best leader I could possibly be, while never failing my followers as my Captain did that day. In the day to day operations of an organization, nothing can have a more profound effect than the quality of leadership implemented daily. This is why successful leaders around the world believe in and lead with the Kouzes Posner model of leadership. In 1983 Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner began a research project on the study of leadership. They wanted to survey leaders throughout the world to find out what actions these leaders took that brought them success. They wanted to hear the very best leadership stories these leaders could remember when asked to tell about them.. These leaders surveyed were from all walks of life, some were first line supervisors, others were top level CEO's, and some were mid level management. Kouzes and Posner surveyed literally thousands of leaders over a number of years and they were able to identify that when leaders were doing their best work they all had several common factors working for them. When these leaders were doing their very best they were practicing what Kouzes and Posner came to call the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership (p.13). These practices can be used by anyone who wants to be a leader and if used properly these practices can help a leader be successful and foster great improvement within their organization.
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