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Great Leadership Creates Great Workplaces

Management - Leadership

Jim Kouzes and HRDQ-U recently hosted a free webinar entitled, Great Leadership Creates Great Workplaces. Jim Kouzes and coauthor Barry Posner are the authors of the award-winning and best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge, with over 2 million copies sold and available in 22 languages. He’s also the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, at Santa Clara University. The Wall Street Journal has cited Kouzes as one of the twelve best executive educators in the U.S.

Close to 650 people registered to listen to the webinar live. Missed it? Click here now!

“That was a tremendous amount of information for such a short time frame! Thanks so much!”

 “Excellent job. Engaging. Clear. The story-telling today really helped amplify my understanding of the 5 practices. And thanks for the discount offer at the end.”

 “Great content that aligns well with our own learning experiences and I found a few nuggets to improve my own learning and growth! Thank you!”

The key to making extraordinary things happen in organizations is great leadership. It contributes more to positive outcomes than any other single factor. Great products, great strategy, great people are absolutely critical, but with poor leadership they produce only a third to a half of their potential. It takes great leadership to create great workplaces that create great results. If you want better results in your marketplace, you have to ensure that you are fostering great leadership within your organization.

“I think good people deserve good leadership. The people I manage deserve the best leadership in the world.” Debi Coleman, Board of Directors, Synopsys and opening case in TLC 1st edition.

There were eight objectives of the webinar. They were:

  • The most important driver of workplace engagement.
  • The one attribute that is the foundation of all leadership.
  • The Five Practices that matter most in producing positive work attitudes.
  • The factor that most distinguishes leaders from individual contributors.
  • The condition that is most likely to produce personal-best leadership.
  • The factor that rules innovation, brand image, acceptance of influence, commitment—just about everything else.
  • How to keep spirits high and hope alive.
  • The secret to success in life—seriously.

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership are:

  1. Model the Way
  2. Inspire a Shared Vision
  3. Challenge the Process
  4. Enable Others to Act
  5. Encourage the Heart

How much of direct reports’ engagement is accounted for by individual demographics and how much by leader behavior? The question is not “Do leaders make a difference?” It is “How do leaders make a positive difference?”

“Leadership is personal…Do the people you lead know who you are, what you care about, and why they ought to be following you?” Ron Sugar, chairman emeritus, Northrop Grumman Corp.

“In order to become a leader…it’s important that I first define my values and my principles.” Olivia Lai, manager, customer service support, Kimberly-Clark.

As you can see, leadership matters. Whether you are a chairman or a customer service support person, how you lead sets the tone for your business.

Another key element in leadership is DWYSYWD. This stand for Do What You Say You Will Do. That shows credibility and leads to strong leadership.

The more frequently leaders demonstrate each of The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, the more engaged people are in their workplaces.

“You never know where one step will take you. And you never know where the next one will lead. The difference in being a leader is that you take the step.” Melissa Poe Hood, Founder of Kids F.A.C.E.

Much of the session was devoted to questions from the participants. Do you want to learn more about what makes a great leader? Do you want to understand the nuances between in-person and virtual leadership? Do you want to know what questions were asked?  If so, then click here to watch the recorded session.

For a limited time, all participants of the webinar can get a discount on the Leadership Practices Inventory training. It is the best-selling and most trusted leadership tool of its generation. This celebrated instrument packages approaches leadership as a measurable, learnable, and teachable set of behaviors.

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