About The Leadership Challenge
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In corporations and nonprofits, from academia to government, healthcare to technology, The Leadership Challenge has helped millions of leaders gain clarity in their vision and purpose. And along the way, they’ve shown how when you empower those who follow to achieve their personal best, you can transform companies, campuses, and organizations anywhere in the world.

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Evidence and clarity
…deliver positive employee and organizational outcomes
Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner developed The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® model three decades ago—not on a hunch but on exhaustive research. Today, over 1.3 million respondent surveys have been analyzed and over 500 dissertations and research projects have been based on The Five Practices. And as measured and validated by the Leadership Practices Inventory—one of the most widely used leadership assessment tools—ongoing empirical research continues to reaffirm that leaders who engage in The Five Practices are more effective and successful than those who do not.

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The Leadership Challenge Story Approaching leadership as a measurable, learnable, and teachable set of behaviors, The Leadership Challenge framework grew out of rigorous research that first began in 1982 when Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner set out to understand those times when leaders performed at their personal best. They conducted hundreds of interviews and reviewed hundreds of cases studies and survey questionnaires. What emerged were five fundamental practices common to extraordinary leadership achievements. Now known worldwide as the most practical model of leadership development, The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® continues to prove its effectiveness in cultivating and liberating the leadership potential in anyone—at any level, in any organization—who chooses to accept the challenge to lead.
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