Leadership Freak (LF): How have you personally changed as a result of your leadership research?
Jim Kouzes: For one thing, I’ve become—or at least I hope I’ve become—much more self-aware. The more I’ve listened to, observed, and read about exemplary leaders, the better I’ve come to understand my own strengths and weaknesses, and some of the ways in which I can improve. I’m very fortunate to have been able to collect thousands of examples of what to do, and what not to do, and I have a much richer repertoire of behaviors to use than before I started doing this work.
I’ve also learned to say thank you more often and to never take trust for granted.
Jim’s last statement most grips my mind and heart. Leadership-influence expresses a trust relationship between leader and follower. Trust not only honors its recipients it also creates profound responsibility. The gift of followership is precious, never to be taken for granted, violated, or abused. In a way, followers make leaders.
I’m enriched by Jim sharing how he has changed.
Which of Jim’s personal change-points do you most connect with?
How has your own research or experience changed you as a leader?
Don’t miss Jim Kouzes’ comment from yesterday’s post, Most Frequent Leadership Advice – Look toward the bottom of the comments.