The Leadership Challenge program of Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, taught by Jackalyn Rainosek at DTP Leadership Group in Houston, Texas, was born from research which spanned 30 years and over 75,000 written responses in interviews and on surveys. The work styles and activities of humans in organizations can be assessed for skills which may be improved through the use of existing personality traits, a facet of the book The Leadership Challenge. The importance of a unifying vision for all participants is emphasized, which will enable, through shared development and execution, team members to become more confident and more motivated. The use of symbolic language from a leader, examples through stories and metaphoric comparisons, is an important skill which helps build cohesive loyalty to ideas and concepts through persuasion. Inspiration in leaders emerges from the use of emotions and expressive words which invoke images for their followers, while positive thinking in a leader is passed on to others, bringing greater productivity and job satisfaction. Dynamic leaders also exhibit strong charisma, emotional investment and honest sincerity.
Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, the innovators of The Leadership Challenge utilized the key personality traits found in the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership they distilled from their research an assessment tool which staffs of organizations can use to evaluate the leaders in their firm. This assessment tool, utilized by DTP Leadership founders Jackalyn Rainosek and Liz Cloud out of Houston, Texas in their customized leadership workshops for communities and corporations, is called the Leadership Practices Inventory, a print and online assessment.
Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner’s book, The Leadership Challenge, which came out in its fifth edition in 2012, carefully outlines the different leadership traits identified through years of personal written responses on the leadership surveys collected. Kouzes and Posner have researched leadership experiences for 30 years, collecting over 75,000 surveys.