Have you read The Truth About Leadership by James M Kouzes and Barry Z Posner? I just read my summary.com Executive Summary about it, and their 10 fundamental truths about leadership really made me think. Is there a truth out there?
Their first truth is You Make a Difference. How many times have you known a leader whose primary concern was themselves, or how they are perceived? If you are a leader that wants respect, then the authors are right. You have to believe that you can make a difference, and not just for yourself. Sometimes it’s just about showing up. Other times, it’s about standing up. Either way you aren’t really a leader if you don’t make a difference. After all, how will they know you were there?
Their second truth is Credibility is the Foundation of Leadership. I know they believe that, because I read their previous book, Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It. Do you know what they call a leader without credibility? Me neither, but it’s not “leader”. Stand by your word and don’t promise things you (or your team) can’t deliver.
Their eighth truth (my next favorite) is You Either Lead by Example or You Don’t Lead at All. This one goes hand-in-hand with the first two truths. And like the others, if you think about it in your own life, you’ll agree that you don’t follow those who talk one game and walk another.
Is there a truth about leadership? Yes, but not just one. If the eight page summary I read is any indication, this is another outstanding book by these experts on leadership.