Leadership is a combination of natural ability and learned skills. Leadership is more art than science. Leaders are not born; they are made. The principles of leadership are constant, but the application changes with every leader and every situation. Leadership cannot be taught; but, it can be learned.

Leadership Values are values applied to what we do. The RonKesslerGroup uses a value-based leadership process.

Leadership Principles can be listed, studied and internalized. Leaders are encouraged to read, study and discuss articles or books on leadership principles.

Leadership Styles are a first step in understanding how to apply leadership principles to a specific situation. There is a style that fits every situation. Styles that the RonKesslerGroup focuses on are:

  • Servant
  • Strategic
  • Visionary
  • Democratic
  • Coaching
  • Pacesetting
  • Affiliative
  • Commanding

Leadership Competencies determine how we manage ourselves and how we manage relationships. These are key to effective value-based leadership.

Leadership Coaching is the process of an intentional, committed and disciplined application of strengths of a leader to specific situations in his/her roles in business, the community and family utilizing someone whose trust and experience [the coach] adds value.


With all the external forces in the world, i.e. conflict, chaos, crisis and change the sine qua non is leadership. Throughout history, right up to today, it is a leader who makes the difference. Unfortunately, hardly a day goes by that a headline doesn’t chronicle a fallen leader. Some say we have a leadership crisis. The RonKesslerGroup sees it as a leadership opportunity.

Almost every institution is influenced by hierarchical and positional leadership patterns. Often that is the only leadership process we know. It occurs in big business, small business and even entrepreneurial enterprises. It occurs in places you least expect it, like a non-profit organization or the church. Hierarchical and positional leadership practices are the enemy of creativity, collaboration and community, three outcomes we want to maximize if we are to recruit, retain and grow leaders in a knowledge-based economy and if we are to have successful enterprises.


There are three overarching principles to effective leadership. The first is character. Value-based leadership is the rock upon which all leadership growth is based. Unless it is authentic, unless it is value-based, it won’t stand the ultimate test of truth, trust and transparency.

The second of these principles is wisdom. Throughout history leaders have sought, prayed for and discerned wisdom. Wisdom is never in isolation. Therefore, bringing together good minds, creating structures to share thoughts and ideas and providing a crucible for wisdom to grow is crucial to leadership.

Finally, the concept of emotional intelligence developed and perfected by Daniel Goleman is key to the kind of leader we strive to be. Goleman calls it primal (first) leadership. “No matter what leaders set out to do – whether it’s creating strategy or mobilizing teams to action – their success depends on how they do it. Even if they get everything else just right, if leaders fail in this primal task of driving emotions in the right direction, nothing they do will work…” Understanding resonant leadership practices allows us to be effective leaders.


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