Essay on The Leadership Challenge

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One of the topics in organizational development today is leadership. Leadership is what individuals do to mobilize other people in organizations and communities. According to Kouzes & Posner, there are five practices and ten commitments of exemplary leadership. The five practices of exemplary leadership include: Model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart. In the Leadership Challenge, Kouzes and Posner found similar patterns and actions of leadership that created the essentials to achieve success. Utilizing the research conducted by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, I have created a leadership plan that would apply to the Admission Department at Texas Wesleyan University. The…show more content…
Once I have found my voice, I need to set an example and be a role model to my team. I think it would be beneficial to create an award system that would allow people in our department to nominate coworkers who have done an amazing job or went out of their way to help our department. People who earn the award can leave early from work on a day of their choosing. Having an award system that recognizes our staff will reinforce our department’s shared values. The second practice is to inspire a Shared Vision. A leader should be able to imagine a shared vision for the future. Next, a leader should be able to inspire others to believe in the common vision. Leadership is about engaging with others to solve problems. Leaders need to know what values, hopes, and aspirations that their team wants to utilize for success. Leaders are able to inspire a shared vision by imagining the possibilities and finding a common purpose within their team. Currently, my department is trying to revamp their image. Before I started working at Texas Wesleyan, our department had developed a bad reputation for accepting the status quo and not advancing our University to the next level. As a leader, I must listen to my fellow staff members and initiate a conversation about what we want our legacy to be as a department. The third practice is to Challenge the Process. As I have mentioned earlier, one of the greatest challenges in leadership is changing the
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