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Kevin Spafford is Farm Journal’s succession planning expert for the Farm Journal Legacy Project.  He hosts the nationally-televised ‘Leave a Legacy’ TV, facilitates an ongoing series of workshops for farm families across the U.S., and is the author of Legacy by Design: Succession Planning for Agribusiness Owners.

10 Truths about Leadership

May 03, 2011

Photo courtesy of USDA NRCSFrom Legacy Moment eNewsletter (04/29/2011)
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I recently interviewed Barry Posner, co-author of The Truth about Leadership (and several other leadership-based books), for our "Leave a Legacy TV" show that airs on "AgDay." Barry and co-author James Kouzes have been researching, teaching and sharing their insights on leadership for the past 30 years. Their message is very clear, and the book is an excellent tutorial on the characteristics of good leadership.


In the book, the authors discuss these 10 truths about leadership:
1. You make a difference.
2. Credibility is the foundation of leadership.
3. Values drive commitment.
4. Focusing on the future sets leaders apart.
5. You can’t do it alone.
6. Trust rules.
7. Challenge is the crucible for greatness.
8. You either lead by example or you don’t lead at all.
9. The best leaders are the best learners.
10. Leadership is an affair of the heart.
The Truth about Leadership is packed with a powerful message of encouragement, with specific guidance about how to become a better leader. The book assures us that “Leadership can be learned. It is an observable pattern of practices and behaviors, and a definable set of skills and abilities.”
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