‘Model the Way’ is the first of 5 practices of exemplary leadership, as presented by James Kouzes and Barry Posner in The Leadership Challenge. This month, class participants were introduced to this practice and spent time in a small group discussing their personal values. Identifying, living out, and sharing personal values is the foundation of all 5 practices.
Model The Way
Leaders establish principles concerning the way people (constituents, peers, colleagues, and customers alike) should be treated and the way goals should be pursued. They create standards of excellence and then set an example for others to follow. Because the prospect of complex change can overwhelm people and stifle action, they set interim goals so that people can achieve small wins as they work toward larger objectives. They unravel bureaucracy when it impedes action; they put up signposts when people are unsure of where to go or how to get there; and they create opportunities for victory.
When was the last time you considered your personal values? Here’s a list of values to jump start your self reflection.
Most of us have at least one goal that we haven’t achieved or that we’re just stuck on. In September’s Tune-Up Tuesday, class participants learned a little about the science of goal setting and why using a goal setting process like SMART can be the key to crossing the finish line on our goals. In pairs, participants helped each other reframe their goals using the SMART method.
Give it a try with this SMART worksheet!