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Kouzes and Posner laid out very practical and logical research on what are the five key practices for exemplary leadership. They say that everyone can be a leader, that people can be taught these skills and I agree with that. Some people may have some these qualities innately, but overall leadership comes with knowing yourself, standing up for what you believe in and taking the risks to get there. It is mainly about knowing yourself and building strong relationships with people around you as you cannot be an effective leader a community around you.
Ultimately the authors say that leadership is not just an affair of the head, but it really is an affair of the heart. It is really getting to find something that you love and going after it, pursuing it, finding opportunities all around you, and stretching to be the best possible leader that you can be.
So this holiday season are you opening your heart? Are you doing what you are most passionate about? Are you investing in your relationships and building community around you? The more you practice these skills the more you are investing in being the strongest leader that you can be.
Happy Holidays to the leader in all of you!
Monica Thakrar has over 18 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.