In Search of The Magic Formula

February 04, 2015
Chris Perna, The Eden Alternative Blog

Principle 10

When it comes to leadership, my experience tells me there is no magic formula. The leadership gurus Kouzes and Posner wrote a very popular book called The Leadership Challenge where they framed effective leadership as a combination of these traits

  1. Model the Way
  2. Inspire a Shared Vision
  3. Challenge the Process
  4. Enable Others to Act
  5. Encourage the Heart

As a leader I certainly want to practice each of these, and there are probably a few more that I would add.

But when, where, and to what degree are all questions that need to be considered when a leader is putting these traits into practice. Some people seem to get this and they naturally make the right moves at the right time as a leader. For others it is more of a struggle, and it takes some learning from mistakes and figuring it out along the way. Regardless, experience usually ends up being the best teacher. Practice makes perfect as they say.

So why not take advantage of opportunities to learn from another leader’s experiences? Why go through the trial and error of becoming a better leader all on your own? The chances are very good that many of the challenging leadership situations you are dealing with are being experienced by other leaders. Why not take the opportunity to share in those experiences and learn from them together? While there may be no magic formula, there are certainly smarter ways to learn the important lessons of a wise leader.

This is exactly what we are trying to make happen with our Eden Registry Networking Groups. On February 5 we have our first Networking Group call of the year focused on Principle 10, which is about wise leadership. Wise leaders know the value of shared experiences and continuous learning. Our call this week offers both, so we expect a lot of our wise Eden Registry leaders to join us. Why don’t you?


3 Comments. Leave new

Is this call available to Educators as well?


How do we participate in the call?

Virgil Thomas,
February 6, 2015 10:03 am

Jean and Beth,

The calls are primarily for member of the Eden Registry. However, they are very much open to Educators, Mentors, and International Regional Coordinators. Annual list of networking calls are included in the Vine. Contact Denise Hyde to be added to the list or if you have some more questions.



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