Ever wished that change would take a holiday? You’re not alone. I once heard someone say, “If you’re not confused, you’re not engaged,” words of solace to those struggling to navigate the maelstrom of change that is life these days.
(As a member of the LP era, I must confess that I’ve found myself looking for the Dramamine on many an occasion…)
Despite the ways in which our world has transformed over the past few decades, there are some things that neither time, nor technology, nor culture has altered. Leadership, it turns out, is one of them.
In their latest book, “The Truth About Leadership,” researchers James Kouzes and Barry Posner propose that the context of leadership has changed dramatically since they began their research in the early 1980’s but the content of leadership has not changed much at all.
They reveal 10 leadership truths, fundamental to effective leadership:
-You make a difference
-Personal credibility is foundational
-Values drive commitment
-Focus on exciting future possibilities
-You can’t do it alone
-Challenge is the crucible of greatness
-Lead by example
-Best leaders are best learners
-Leadership is an affair of the heart
At times we just need to stop inventing new stuff and dedicate ourselves to perfecting the basics. What do you think these fundamentals should include? What are some of the timeless qualities of a good leader?