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Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Asia: Applying The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership

Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Asia: Applying The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership

James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner, Steven J. DeKrey (With)

ISBN: 978-1-118-51854-0

Mar 2013, Jossey-Bass

144 pages



An in-depth look at how leaders in Asia apply the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership in their organizations

Kouzes and Posner's Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership is the most trusted and proven leadership paradigm in the business world. Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Asia focuses on the unique ways leaders in Asia have applied the Five Practices and documents their success with it. Using actual case studies and first-person experiences, the book examines the Five Practices framework, shows how the behaviors of individual leaders make a difference, and reveals what leadership in Asia looks like on a daily basis.

Each of the Five Practices is supported with five or six case studies illustrating what the Practice looks like on a behavioral level. After examining the Five Practices, the book then reveals what actions would-be and current leaders in Asia can do to improve their leadership skills and effectiveness.

  • Customizes the legendary Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership framework specifically for Asian leaders, and a companion to The Leadership Challenge
  • Features real case studies that show the Practices in action on a daily basis
  • From leadership gurus James Kouzes and Barry Posner, together with one of Asia's top leadership experts, Steve DeKrey

For leaders and aspiring leaders of Asian organizations and business, Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Asia is an invaluable guide to long-term leadership success.

1. When Asian Leaders Are at Their Best 1

The Leadership Challenge Around the World 3

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership 5

Model the Way 6

Inspire a Shared Vision 9

Challenge the Process 10

Enable Others to Act 11

Encourage the Heart 12

The Five Practices in Action 14

2. Model the Way 17

Find Commitment Through Shared Values: How Values Guide Us in Deciding to Engage . . . or Not 19

Teach the Values: Affirming Shared Values Through Education and Action 23

Walk the Talk: Showing Others How to Model the Way in Hard Times 27

Confront Critical Incidents: Leading Through Shared Values 29

Teach by Following Through: How Being Consistent with Your Values Builds Trust 31

PRACTICE: Model the Way 34

3. Inspire a Shared Vision 37

Envision a Better Future: Showing There’s Opportunity in a Crisis 39

Find a Common Purpose: Helping Others to See Themselves in the Picture 44

Appeal to Shared Aspirations: The Way for Others to See How a Common Vision Serves Their Interests 48

Listen, Learn, and Follow Through: Enlisting Others by Connecting to Their Interests 52

PRACTICE: Inspire a Shared Vision 56

4. Challenge the Process 59

Encourage Initiative in Others: Making It Possible for Others to Lead and Learn 62

Be an Active Learner: Letting Mistakes Teach Valuable Lessons and Point to a Better Way 65

Accept Coaching: Learning from Others’ Experiences 69

Seek Advice: Having the Courage to Ask for Help 71

PRACTICE: Challenge the Process 78

5. Enable Others to Act 81

Build Trusting Relationships: Showing Concern and Interest in Others 83

Be the First to Trust: Letting Others Know You Care, One Small Action at a Time 87

Develop Cooperative Goals: How Managing a Friend Resulted in Leading a Team 90

Appreciate Differences: Seeing Things from Others’ Perspectives Improves Relationships and Performance 94

PRACTICE: Enable Others to Act 99

6. Encourage the Heart 101

Expect the Best: How Believing in Others and Small Gestures Make a Big Difference 103

Be Clear About Goals and Rules: Rewarding Progress Requires Systems and Celebrations 107

Show Appreciation—or Put Your Own Success at Risk 110

Show You Care: Learning How to Appreciate the Work of Others 114

PRACTICE: Encourage the Heart 116

7. Make a Difference 119

You Are the Most Important Leader in Your Organization 120

Leadership Is Learned 122

First, Lead Yourself 124

Leadership Is a Choice 127

Notes 131

Acknowledgments 133

Suggested Readings 137

About the Authors 141

""Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Asia is a useful book full of commonsense for the modern business person, wherever they are working."" - The Global Herald (May 2013)