The 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 …show more content…
The value of this writer’s selfless service, in which an act of putting the needs of other’s first, promotes trust, as well. As one’s integrity grows, so does the trust others will value in you as a leader. Subsequently, the more choices and decisions one make and allow team members to make, based on integrity, the more others are enabled to act and respond in a positive manner that is beneficial to relationships. This would be a fundamental acceptance of the leadership development process. Strengthens of self and others must be realized and uncovered. The value of leaders revealing how important for them to help others uncover their strengths early is a vital, which capitalizes on rapid individual and organizational growth (Tom Rath and Barry Conchie book, 16-17). As a leader, this writer would rely on one’s attentiveness to other’s accomplished, committed, and diligent performance, while encouraging others to continue their excellence. At the same time, promoting and offering ways of self-improvement through training and enjoyable methods, for those who are not at a self-satisfying level of performance. As well as, submitting the same promotion to those who are doing well at a higher level of training, to ensure continual church or organizational involvement of each

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