A Wake Up Call For Leaders

some statistics

  • 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

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!

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders


Brett Cooper