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Learning Leadership

The 5 Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader

The Main Idea

How exactly do you learn how to lead?The reality is the best leaders are pretty much always the best learners. Leadership is really nothing more than applying a set of abilities which, just like any other skill-set, can be learned and then progressively improved over time. While learning how to lead isn't easy, you only become a better leader when you consistently apply five leadership development practices:

If you believe that the people you now lead, or will lead in the future, deserve the best leadership in the world and if it's clear that there's a growing need for an increased quantity and quality of leaders, then it is imperative that you become the best leader you can be. Step one is to develop a leadership mindset. You don't have to wait for an organization to offer a program for you to become the best. Nor do you have to wait for someone else to give you permission or provide some special resource.
James Kouzes and Barry Posner

About the Authors

James Kouzes is currently teaching at Santa Clara University where he is the Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership at the School of Business. He has won many awards for his teaching style including an award for one of the best executive educators in the U.S. given by The Wall Street Journal. He has teamed up with Barry Posner to write more than thirty publications including the bestseller books The Leadership Challenge, The Truth About Leadership and Credibility. James Kouzes is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Barry Posner is Professor of Leadership at the School of Business at Santa Clara University. In addition to writing books and developing leadership training programs with James Kouzes, Barry Posner also consults with a wide variety of companies. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Ohio State University and the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst.