In their 30 years of studying leadership, coauthors James Kouzes and Barry Posner have discovered the practices common to the best leaders. We’ve grabbed a few from the fifth edition of their “Leadership Challenge” to help you put together your own bench of superstars.
When people recall their personal-best leadership experiences, they always think about some kind of challenge. Why? Because personal and business hardships have a way of making people come face-to-face with who they really are and what they’re capable of becoming. They test people, and they require inventive ways of dealing with new situations. They tend to bring out the best in people.