The Leadership Challenge/ GSL 512
May 26, 2011
Dr. G. Shelton
This paper will highlight number three (3) on Kouzes and Posner’s five fundamental practices of exemplary leaders and also discuss a leaders positive response to the ever-changing environment. Number three (3) on that list is to Challenge the Process.
Challenge the Process
In their book, “The Leadership Challenge,” James Kouzes and Barry Posner set forth the five fundamental practices of exemplary leaders. Number three (3) on that list is to Challenge the Process. When they are at their best, successful leaders continually search for new opportunities to do what has never before been done before. They are not merely content to maintain the status quo. Peter Drucker said, “Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems. All one can hope to get by solving problems is to restore normalcy.” Leaders may not change the world, but they passionately pursue making a significant difference. Leaders want to transform; they are not merely content to maintain. (Leadershipletters.com, 2011). Leaders plunge into new, sometimes dangerous, and always unpredictable territory. They take us to places we’ve never been before, and probably could never find on our own. (Leadershipletters.com, 2011). If we think more about failing at what we’re doing than about doing it, we will not succeed. This brings me what I think of as the Wallenada Factor, (go to YouTube) a concept described in Leaders. Shortly after the great aerialist Karl Wallenda fell to his death in 1978 while doing his most dangerous walk, his wife, also an aerialist, said, “All Karl thought about for months before was falling. It was the first time he’d ever thought about that, a and it seemed to me that he put all his energies into not falling rather than walking the tightrope.” (Bennis, 2009).
Few if any Americans have ever gone through such a crisis on a tightrope but...
References: Bennis, W. (2009). On becoming a leader: The leadership classic. New York: Basic Books
Kouzes and Posner. (2007). The leadership challenge: (4th Ed.) San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Stanley, A. (2011). Challenge the process: Retrieved from http://www.ministrytodaymag.com/index.php/ministry-leadership/culture/12948-challenge-the-process
Leaders Challenge the Process. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.leadershipletters.com/1998/10/30/leaders-challenge-the-process-part-1/
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