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The Best Leaders are Great Teachers

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The Best Leaders are Great Teachers headlines a recent article in Harvard Business Review. To which Jim Kouzes agrees: “Yes, the best leaders are great teachers. The best leaders are also great learners. My and Barry Posner's research shows that those leaders who devote more time to learning demonstrate exemplary leadership practices more frequently than leaders who participate less often in learning. Teaching and learning go together.”

Leaders who are active learners more readily embrace experimentation and risk taking. They view the inevitable mistakes as opportunities for learning, encouraging others to do the same. They fully engage in learning for themselves and create a climate that is conducive to learning for others. As LPI® data demonstrates, the most effective leaders as reported by their direct reports are those who ask, “What can we learn when things don’t go as expected?”


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