Five Fundamental Practices Of Exemplary Leadership

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In James Kouzes and Barry Posner’s book entitled, The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, the authors contend, the fundamental behaviors and actions of leaders are essential to exemplary leadership (Kouzes and Posner, 15-16).
The Five Fundamental Practices of Exemplary Leadership can be applied within the leadership development process from a military and church associate minister’s perspective in the manner of a servant-leadership model, with a following-Christ first mindset. Similarly, to that of the following-Christ first leadership style, a servant-leader is required to sit and weep with those who weep, while getting down and dirty when hard work has to be done, within one’s organization (Hans
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However, vital to the process of “leadership” development, as it pertains to ministry leaders, it represents, from this writer’s perspective as follows: L – Loyalty, are leaders for Christ that bear true faith and allegiance to God; D – Duty, one being able to accomplish tasks as part of a team, despite the complex combination of the vision, missions, tasks and responsibilities, which may be all in constant motion; R – Respect, means treating others with dignity and respect while expecting others to do the same, trusting that all people have done their jobs and fulfilled their duty, while understanding self-respect is a vital ingredient of respect, which results from knowing you have put forth your best effort; S – Selfless Service, is putting the welfare of the organization, the church members, and subordinates before your own, which is larger than just one person; H – Honor, is a matter of carrying out, acting, and living the values of respect, duty, loyalty, selfless service, integrity and personal courage in everything you do, which honors Christ (highest military award is The Medal of Honor; I – Integrity, doing what is right, both legally and morally, which is a quality one develops by adhering to moral principles; and P – Personal Courage, which is one who faces fear, danger or adversity whether physical or moral (Army.Mil/armyvalues/features). Unfortunately, like that of the Christian faith, military soldiers find these values are considered difficult to live up to or sustain in one’s daily life. Nevertheless, as these values pertain to a leadership development process, a process that is focused on following Christ in statue and manner is a process seeks an individual with this qualities first. Christians leadership that is loyal to the reading of the Word of God, is therefore loyal to Christ; duty of spreading the good news of Christ; respect those who are less

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