The following are the guide and summaries to this series:
Introduction to The Leadership Challenge Model
A key component of the Mission of Regnum Christi is to form apostles and send them out to help build the Kingdom of Christ. Our North America Territorial Committee believes that the call to be an apostle is de facto a call to be a leader. Therefore, one of our top apostolic priorities is to develop leadership capacity. We ourselves are formed to be leaders and then we form others to be Christian leaders in society.
Peter Drucker, the well known management guru, has written that only three things happen naturally in an organization: friction, confusion, and underperformance. Our Territorial Committee has selected The Leadership Challenge Model developed by James Kouzes and Barry Posner to be used for our leadership formation. Their book, “The Leadership Challenge,” is now in its sixth edition. Also known as The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, it is backed by over 30 years of research, and tested by over 200 scholars across a variety of settings. Best of all, it is simple, practical, and is the leadership modeled by Jesus Christ.
The research by Kouzes and Posner found that leaders are not born and leadership is not about personality, but rather leadership is about behaviour – an observable set of skills and abilities. When leaders are at their best and understand that leadership is a relationship, they engage in five core practices:
- Model the Way
- Inspire a Shared Vision
- Challenge the Process
- Enable Others to Act
- Encourage the Heart
Each of the five leadership practices consists of two commitments and six behaviours. A simple way to remember this model is 5-10-30: five leadership practices, ten commitments, and 30 behaviours.
The main resource for this leadership formation program is the Study Circle Guide written by Naoise Johnston, which was designed to accompany the book “Christian Reflections on the Leadership Challenge,” edited by Kouzes and Posner. The guide consists of discussion questions from the book, the leadership of Jesus, and ways to fully live out our Regnum Christi identity.
Leadership is an ongoing process and its development takes deliberate practice. Our leadership formation program consists of seven documents: the Study Circle Guide; Summary of The Leadership Challenge Model; and an overview for each of the five exemplary leadership practices that were handed out at the RC Spirituality Sessions in 2017 / 2018.