Did you know…

  • Only 1/3 of U.S. employees are engaged in their work and workplace
  • Only 15% of employees strongly agree the leadership of their organization makes them enthusiastic about the future
  • A record 47% of the workforce says now is a good time to find a quality job, and 51% are on the hunt

This data, courtesy of Gallup’s 2017 State of the American Workplace should be a wake-up call for leaders at all levels. But there is a brighter side…

  • The behavior of leaders is responsible for nearly 30% of employees’ levels of engagement (data courtesy of Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, authors of The Leadership Challenge)

Why is this good news?

Simple. Because it means that every person in any type of leadership position can have a positive impact on the negative trends just by behaving differently! In their over 30 years of research, Kouzes and Posner have discovered the five practices that are most important for leaders to exhibit.

  • Model the way
  • Inspire a shared vision
  • Challenge the process
  • Enable others to act
  • Encourage the heart

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders

And the good news gets even better.

The research shows that it’s not about style or charisma, or about how you do these five things. Exemplary leadership is about how often you do these five things. Data from over 3 million surveys shows that…

  • Employees report higher levels of workforce engagement when their direct manager does five things — Model, Inspire, Challenge, Enable, Encourage — very frequently or almost always.

So let’s stop the excuses and start behaving our way to a better future!



Brett Cooper

Brett is the visionary President of Integris Performance Advisors, a professional development firm he co-founded to expand the existence of healthy organizations and great places to work. By creatively bringing together concepts from The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (by Patrick Lencioni), The Leadership Challenge (by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner), and Lean Six Sigma, Brett and his team have influenced thousands of people in government, non-profits and corporate America to work together in more productive, more effective and more human ways. Outside of his role at Integris, Brett dedicates time to serving others in need. He is a volunteer coordinator for the East Bay Stand Down and Stand Down on the Delta, two non-profits serving the needs of San Francisco’s homeless Veteran population. He is also board member and financial sponsor for Partners in Sustainable Learning, whose mission is to bring early childhood education to marginalized communities in the developing world (current projects are underway in Nepal).