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MBA6230: Leading Teams
Leading Teams with the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership Recommendations for Team Lead
The five practices of exemplary leadership are the topic of much research involving the leadership of people, teams, and organizations in today’s global economy. Few could have predicted that The Leadership Challenge would become one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. Now, faced with the new challenges of our unpredictable global business environment, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner--two of the country's premier leadership experts--have completely revised and updated their classic book explaining the five best practices for exemplary leadership. Building on the knowledge base of their previous books, the third edition of The Leadership Challenge is grounded in extensive research and based on interviews with all kinds of leaders at all levels in public and private organizations from around the world. In this edition, the authors emphasize that the fundamentals of leadership are the same today as they were in the 1980s, and as they have probably been for centuries. In that sense, nothing is new. Leadership is not a fad. While the content of leadership has not changed, the context has-and in some cases, changed dramatically. The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership: A Description
Kouzes and Posner (2007, p. 14) describe the five practices of exemplary leadership: Model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act and encourage the heart. Under each of the five practices of exemplary leadership, there is a list of ten commitment behaviors. The intent of these behaviors is to reflect the corresponding leadership practice. The ten commitment behaviors that underlie the five practices of exemplary leadership, when applied to the leadership of teams, produces some unique results with respect to team formation and building relationships among the team members. In order for the five practices of exemplary leadership to be effective, the five practices of exemplary leadership must connect with the leaders of a contemporary work environment and the connection of those commitment behaviors must begin with the associates of an organization. Paul Levy, president and chief executive officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of this country, and Martin Luther King Junior were all primary contemporary examples of the five practices of exemplary leadership because they embraced the five practices of exemplary leadership each in their own way. In the same manner as these individuals exemplify the five practices of exemplary leadership, according to the author of Creativity in Virtual Teams, (Nemiro, 2004) models of these five practices of exemplary leadership exemplify themselves in the different forms of team leadership: Permanent team leader, Rotating team leader, Managing partners, Facilitator, coordinator, or a Leaderless team. Many leadership models in today’s business literature emphasize different aspects of leadership. The leadership models in today's business literature that emphasize different aspects of leadership share a common thread. Effective leaders develop a broad, future-oriented perspective enabling them to guide others through uncharted territory. The role of managers, who tend to have a more limited perspective and focus on handling things on a daily basis, often contrasts this common thread. Leading Teams with the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership concerns itself with the process and behaviors of leadership that can be observed, understood, and articulated; that research has shown to be effective; and that each of us can practice in our daily work and lives. Whether in a position of formal leadership or in a...