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The leadership practice of Model the Way

What are your impressions of the leadership practice of Model the Way? How do you Model the Way in your daily life and leadership work? What are your impressions of the leadership practice Inspire a Shared Vision? How do you Inspire a Shared Vision in your daily life and leadership work? What challenges do you see facing a leader that works to incorporate these two practices in his or her life and work?

Chapter 3-4 http://lindabury.blogspot.com/2012/07/kouzes-posner-chapter-3-4.html

Chapter 5-6 http://lindabury.blogspot.com/2012/07/kouzes-posner-chapters-5-6.html

Recall and explain main themes of Modeling the Way.
Recall and explain main themes of Inspiring a Shared Vision
Apply themes from Modeling the Way to ones own life and work as a leader.
Apply themes from Inspiring a Shared Vision to ones own life and work as a leader..
Model The Way, Chapter 3 & 4 (The Leadership Challenge)

1. Model The Way means to Clarify Values

(A) One has to have a set of values they believe in themselves without outside influence.

We tend to remember those leaders who possessed strong beliefs about matters of principle.
People admire most those who believe strongly in something, and who are willing to stand up for their beliefs.
To stand up for one’s beliefs, one has to know what they stand up for in the first place.
People can’t believe in a messenger if they don’t know that the messenger believes.
We can’t be the messenger until we are clear about what we believe.
People can only speak the truth when speaking in their own voice.
(B) Explore our Inner Territory

We must know what we care about.
Deep within us all there is something we deeply care about.
Sometimes finding our values means challenging ourselves to explore areas that we don’t like to think about.
Clarity of our values gives us the confidence to make tough decisions and to act with determination and to take charge of our lives.
(C) Values Guide Us

In essence we are looking at the importance of values and how they guide us through the good and difficult times we face as leaders.
Values Influence every aspect of our lives:
Our moral judgments.
Our responses to others.
We make decisions based off of our values
Values empower us and allow us to act independently.
(D) Personal Values Clarity Drives Commitment

We won’t stick around at a place or work environment where we don’t feel our values are congruent to those values of the workplace. We simply just leave and find a place we feel does.
(E) We must be able to say it in our own words.

Leadership is a means of personal expression.
Our words must be able to be recognized as our words alone.
We must be true to ourselves and have a responsibility to our followers to be genuine. Nothing is more disheartening than to find our leaders are not genuine.
(F) Our values must be shared!

Everybody will not be in accord on all values within an organization.
Shared Values are an organization’s promises.
Differences over fundamental shared values can result in: (pg. 60).
(G)Unity is forged not forced: