Roxanne Kaufman Elliott, President & CEO of ProLaureate and i3 Leadership Master, is a certified Facilitator and Coach in the Leadership Practices Inventory 360 (LPI) and The Leadership Challenge (TLC) workshop.  The 360° LPI assessment tool and the TLC workshop are the result of over 30 years of research and the writings of James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner.  Kouzes and Posner are co-authors of the book, The Leadership Challenge, and created the LPI 360 around the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership:

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



Approaching leadership as a measurable, learnable, and teachable set of behaviors, The Leadership Challenge framework grew out of rigorous research that first began in 1982 when Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner set out to understand those times when leaders performed at their personal best.

They conducted hundreds of interviews and reviewed hundreds of case studies and survey questionnaires.  What emerged were five fundamental practices common to extraordinary leadership achievements.  Now known worldwide as the most practical model of leadership development, The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® continues to prove its effectiveness in cultivating and liberating the leadership potential in anyone—at any level, in any organization—who chooses to accept the challenge to lead.

Evidence and clarity

Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner developed The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® model three decades ago—not on a hunch but on exhaustive research.  Today, over 1.3 million respondent surveys have been analyzed and over 500 dissertations and research projects have been based on The Five Practices.  And as measured and validated by the Leadership Practices Inventory—one of the most widely used leadership assessment tools—ongoing empirical research continues to reaffirm that leaders who engage in The Five Practices are more effective and successful than those who do not.

Know us by the company we keep

In corporations and nonprofits, from academia to government, healthcare to technology, The Leadership Challenge has helped millions of leaders gain clarity in their vision and purpose.  And along the way, they’ve shown how, when you empower those who follow to achieve their personal best, you can transform companies, campuses, and organizations anywhere in the world.  


The Leadership Challenge workshop and the LPI 360° measure Leadership behaviors at the highest levels and provide deep insights, awareness and understanding of how to increase, improve and heighten our impact on our company’s culture, growth, success and our people’s development and productivity -  helping us to make extraordinary things happen in our organizations.

ProLaureate is delighted and proud to be a part of The Leadership Challenge movement.  We look forward to learning more about you and your company and sharing more about the TLC and LPI and how we may be able to help you transform your culture and unleash the power of leadership in your organization.


Leadership is not about personality; it’s about behavior—an observable set of skills and abilities.  And when we first set out to discover what great leaders actually do when they are at their personal best, we collected thousands of stories from ordinary people—the experiences they recalled when asked to think of a peak leadership experience.  Despite differences in culture, gender, age, and other variables, these “Personal Best” stories revealed similar patterns of behavior.  In fact, we discovered that when leaders are at their personal best there are five core practices common to all: they are…

  • Model the Way
  • Inspire a Shared Vision
  • Challenge the Process
  • Enable Others to Act
  • Encourage the Heart

Three decades later, The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® model continues to prove its effectiveness as a clear, evidence-based path to achieving the extraordinary—for individuals, teams, organizations, and communities.  It turns the abstract concept of leadership into easy-to-grasp Practices and behaviors that can be taught and learned by anyone willing to step up and accept the challenge to lead. 

As measured and validated by the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI)—one of the most widely used leadership assessment instruments in the world—ongoing studies consistently confirm that The Five Practices and our assessment tools are positively related to both the effectiveness of leaders and the level of commitment, engagement, and satisfaction of those that follow.

         MODEL THE WAY

Leaders establish principles concerning the way people (constituents, peers, colleagues, and customers alike) should be treated and the way goals should be pursued.  They create standards of excellence and then set an example for others to follow.  Because the prospect of complex change can overwhelm people and stifle action, they set interim goals so that people can achieve small wins as they work toward larger objectives.  They unravel bureaucracy when it impedes action; they put up signposts when people are unsure of where to go or how to get there; and they create opportunities for victory. 



Leaders passionately believe that they can make a difference.  They envision the future, creating an ideal and unique image of what the organization can become.  Through their magnetism and quiet persuasion, leaders enlist others in their dreams.  They breathe life into their visions and get people to see exciting possibilities for the future.



Leaders search for opportunities to change the status quo.  They look for innovative ways to improve the organization.  In doing so, they experiment and take risks.  In addition, because leaders know that risk taking involves mistakes and failures, they accept the inevitable disappointments as learning opportunities.



Leaders foster collaboration and build spirited teams.  They actively involve others.  Leaders understand that mutual respect is what sustains extraordinary efforts; they strive to create an atmosphere of trust and human dignity.  They strengthen others, making each person feel capable and powerful.



Accomplishing extraordinary things in organizations is hard work.  To keep hope and determination alive, leaders recognize contributions that individuals make.  In every winning team, the members need to share in the rewards of their efforts, so leaders celebrate accomplishments.  They make people feel like heroes.


The Leadership Challenge® Workshop is a unique, intensive, and highly interactive experience that has served as a catalyst for profound leadership transformations in organizations of all sizes and in all industries.  Workshop attendees often describe how The Leadership Challenge is more than a training event, how it truly changed their lives.  It is a bold statement, we know, but we've watched it happen time after time, leader after leader. 

The Leadership Challenge® Workshop will engage you and your leaders through experiential activities, workbook exercises, group problem-solving tasks, video cases, and lectures.  And you’ll get plenty of hands-on practice applying The Five Practices leadership model to current organizational and personal leadership challenges.

Immensely practical and hands-on, The Leadership Challenge® Workshop is designed to inspire, engage, and help your leaders develop the skills needed to meet whatever leadership challenges lay ahead.  The core curriculum is structured around seven components, including five independent modules that focus specifically on each of The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®.  Each module describes the practice, reviews the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) items related to that practice, and ends with techniques that ask participants to reflect on how to apply what they’ve have learned to a current leadership challenge of their own.  With a plan of action in-hand for taking the key learnings from the workshop back to the workplace, leaders will be prepared to implement these new leadership practices back on the job, beginning Day 1.


  • A unique and highly interactive program that focuses on The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership
  • The Leadership Challenge Participant's Package: a Participant Workbook, Practice Book, Vision Book, Values Cards, TLC Card and The Leadership Challenge (5th Edition) book.
  • The Leadership Practices Inventory Online 360 Assessment: includes LPI Self and unlimited LPI Observers (direct reports, manager, co-workers, etc.).  Participants receive confidential feedback relating to the frequency of their use of The Five Practices.
  • Other standard program materials and takeaways.
  • Experiential activities (indoor)
  • A truly memorable experience, with lessons that stick
  • The TLC workshop can be customized in terms of number and length of sessions; number of attendees; ongoing coaching and development post workshop; and in many other ways.  Give us a call or send us an email to discuss your unique wants and needs.


The assessment products and development tools, group activities and individual exercises used in The Leadership Challenge® Workshop are all designed to help aspiring and accomplished leaders alike achieve their personal best and improve their effectiveness in a leadership role.  Upon completing the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the frequency of their personal leadership behaviors—as measured by the Leadership Practices Inventory and proven to enhance the effectiveness of leaders
  • Clarify and communicate their fundamental values and beliefs
  • Set the example for others by aligning their actions with shared values
  • Express their image of the future
  • Inspire others to share a common vision
  • Search for opportunities to change and improve
  • Experiment with innovative ideas and learn from accompanying mistakes
  • Build collaboration, teamwork, and trust
  • Strengthen the ability of others to excel
  • Recognize the accomplishments of others
  • Apply the lessons learned in the workshop to a current organizational challenge
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