6 Commitments the Best Leaders Make to Model the Way

The first step in becoming a better leader begins by looking inward: discovering your personal beliefs and then finding the voice to express them. Clarifying your values helps guide your actions, ensuring that you set the example by “doing what you say what you will do” (DWYSYWD). You also make it easier for your constituents to stay on the right path to achieve your shared goals.

To lead effectively, your words and actions must be consistent. You must Model the Way, which begins when you take action to meet your commitments—to yourself and your constituents.

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

  1. Set a personal example of what you expect of others
  2. Make certain that people adhere to the principles and standards that have been agreed upon
  3. Follow through on promises and commitments you make
  4. Ask for feedback on how your actions affect other people’s performance
  5. Build consensus around a common set of values for running your organization
  6. Be clear about your philosophy of leadership

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. Model the Way is the first of The Five Practices that focuses on helping leaders clarify their values and align their actions with shared values.

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Learn more about The Five Practices and how they can provide you with a clear, evidence-based path to become the best leader you can be. Download a sample LPI 360 Individual feedback report today.


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


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