6 Commitments the Best Leaders Make to Enable Others to Act

Exemplary leaders know that they can’t go it alone. From the battlefield to the boardroom, in times of chaos or complacency, there are no “lone wolves” among the annals of leadership greats. No leader lasts for long without a team of colleagues engaged in a common pursuit, a group working in partnership with individual accountability. And while commitment cannot be dictated or commanded, commitment can be inspired by a leader who demonstrates care and support, and builds trust and credibility by serving the needs of others for self-determination and self-reliance.

To achieve the extraordinary, you must Enable Others to Act, which begins when you take action to create and nurture a climate of openness and trust to sustain healthy and productive relationships.

Consider how you can put these six actions into practice, starting today!

 Actively listen to diverse points of view

 Develop cooperative relationships among the people you work with

 Treat others with dignity and respect

 Involve people in the decisions that directly impact their job performance

 Give people freedom and choice in deciding how to do their work

 Ensure that people grow in their jobs by learning new skills and developing themselves

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® model that serves as the foundation of the internationally-acclaimed The Leadership Challenge® sets out the essential principles and behaviors that ongoing research continues to confirm lead to improved employee engagement, higher performing teams, and increased bottom-line results. Encourage Others to Act is one of The Five Practices that focuses on fostering collaboration and strengthening others.

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*Used with permission from The Leadership Challenge® ©James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, published by John Wiley & Sons. All rights reserved.


Samantha Kerrigan