Positive leadership begins with a positive mindset and continues with positive practice. It helps to have a set of guiding practices that are evidence-based and transferable across settings and situations. Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have provided these guiding practices in their Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® Model as described on their website and in their book, The Leadership Challenge. The five practices are:
1.Model the Way. Find your voice by clarifying you personal values. Set the example by aligning actions with shared values.
2. Inspire a Shared Vision. Envision the future by imagining exciting and ennobling activities. Enlist others in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations.
3. Challenge the Process. Search for opportunities by seeking innovative ways to change, grow and improve. Experiment and take risks by constantly generating small wins and learning from mistakes.
4. Enable Others to Act. Foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust. Strengthen others by sharing power and discretion.
5. Encourage the Heart. Recognize contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence.
Celebrate the values and victories by creating a spirit of community.
The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership ® Model might be the most evidence-based leadership model in the world. We highly recommend adopting the five practices into your daily practice of positive leadership.