Kouzes and Posner have compiled more than one million responses to their leadership assessment survey. Their book “The Truth about Leadership” explores the fundamental, enduring truths of leadership that hold constant regardless of context or circumstance. The ten truths they espouse are:
- You Make a Difference. When you believe you can make a difference, you position yourself to hear the call to lead.
- Credibility Is the Foundation of Leadership. You must do what you say you are going to do and you must clear about your beliefs and live them every day.
- Values Drive Commitment. You need to know what you believe in and there must be a good fit between your values and the organisation’s values.
- Focusing on the Future Sets Leaders Apart. Being forward looking is the quality that most differentiates leaders from followers.
- You Can’t Do It Alone. Leaders enable others to be better than they currently are.
- Trust Rules. To enlist others, you must build mutual trust.
- Challenge Is the Crucible of Greatness. Change invariably involves challenge, and challenge tests you.
- You Either Lead by Example or You Don’t Lead at All. Going first is what it takes to get others to follow.
- The Best Leaders Are the Best Learners. Leaders are constantly looking to improve.
- Leadership Is an Affair of the Heart. Leaders make others feel great and are gracious in showing their appreciation.
Do you relate to these truths?