CHRISTIAN REFLECTIONS ON THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE

This Study Circle Guide (SCG) is designed to accompany the book Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge, edited by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner. It can be used on its own or in conjunction with RC Leadership Formation 101: Taking up The Leadership Challenge as a Regnum Christi Apostle, an RCSpirituality online training course taught by Regnum Christi (RC) member and Executive Coach, Katie Lundstrom of Firm Foundations Inc. at www.rcspiritualityclassroom.org.

Kouzes and Posner first published their leadership model in an award-winning 1987 best-seller, The Leadership Challenge, now in its 6th edition.  As John C. Maxwell’s foreword to Christian Reflections on the Leadership Challenge states: “Though originally aimed at a general leadership market, the message of The Leadership Challenge… could have been lifted from the pages of scripture.”

The collection of successful Christian leaders who authored the chapters of Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge share their insights on faith and leadership in light of The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership ® identified by Kouzes and Posner – Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart.

The Leadership Challenge model has been chosen as the framework for the North American territory’s leadership formation program, because it is an ideal framework for contemplating and discussing the leadership modeled by Christ, the particular call to leadership entailed in being his apostle, and our charismatic call as Regnum Christi members to form Christian leaders for society. In addition to being backed up by over 30 years of research and tested by over two hundred scholars across a variety of settings, the model is simple and practical.

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