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James M. Kouzes
& Barry Z. Posner
Challenges for Leaders
are a GOOD Thing
No leader ever made
anything extraordinary
happen by keeping things
the same.
Challenges are
opportunities
for greatness
and growth.
Challenges often bring forth skills and
abilities people don’t know they have.
And given opportunity and
support, ordinary...
While it’s true that challenges
often seem to seek out leaders,
leaders can also push
themselves to seek
challenges.
Look for ways to take
initiative.
Make trial and error your friends.
Explore, investigate, and
experiment with ways you
could do things better than
you now do.
If you do only what
you already know how
to do, you will never
develop new skills and
competencies.
Challenge yourself to
learn a new skill and step
out of your comfort zone.
Challenges, difficulties,
setbacks, and hardships are
all familiar sights on the
leadership landscape.
They remind you of ...
So don’t think of hardships
as burdens, but as
opportunities to grow
and improve your
leadership.
Challenge yourself
every day to become an
exemplary leader.
Discover more in the new edition
of The Leadership Challenge.
...
JIM KOUZES and BARRY POSNER have authored more than a
dozen award-winning leadership books, including the bestselling
book...
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Challenges for Leaders are a GOOD Thing

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Leadership is a challenge in itself, but to be really successful you need to challenge yourself to break out of your comfort zone. Becoming a better leader is all about self-improvement and learning to look at challenges as opportunities to grow and develop your leadership skills.

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Challenges for Leaders are a GOOD Thing

  1. 1. James M. Kouzes & Barry Z. Posner Challenges for Leaders are a GOOD Thing
  2. 2. No leader ever made anything extraordinary happen by keeping things the same.
  3. 3. Challenges are opportunities for greatness and growth.
  4. 4. Challenges often bring forth skills and abilities people don’t know they have. And given opportunity and support, ordinary people can make extraordinary things happen.
  5. 5. While it’s true that challenges often seem to seek out leaders, leaders can also push themselves to seek challenges.
  6. 6. Look for ways to take initiative. Make trial and error your friends.
  7. 7. Explore, investigate, and experiment with ways you could do things better than you now do.
  8. 8. If you do only what you already know how to do, you will never develop new skills and competencies.
  9. 9. Challenge yourself to learn a new skill and step out of your comfort zone.
  10. 10. Challenges, difficulties, setbacks, and hardships are all familiar sights on the leadership landscape. They remind you of what’s most important, what you value, and where you want to go.
  11. 11. So don’t think of hardships as burdens, but as opportunities to grow and improve your leadership.
  12. 12. Challenge yourself every day to become an exemplary leader. Discover more in the new edition of The Leadership Challenge. www.leadershipchallenge.com/TLC6
  13. 13. JIM KOUZES and BARRY POSNER have authored more than a dozen award-winning leadership books, including the bestselling book The Leadership Challenge. They have been working together for more than 35 years studying leaders, researching leadership, conducting leadership development seminars, and serving as leaders themselves in various capacities. Jim and Barry are on the faculty of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University (in the heart of Silicon Valley).

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