In 2014, KASA Executive Director Dr. Rhonda Caldwell, began to seek leadership training models and opportunities for KASA members which would meet the unique professional learning needs to increase leadership skills for school and district leaders. Dr. Caldwell found that The Leadership Challenge did that and brought the training to Kentucky and KASA members. 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 cases 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. KASA is proud to offer four opportunities to grow your leadership skills through The Leadership Challenge framework centered around the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). The LPI is a 360-degree leadership assessment which enables individuals and organizations to measure their leadership competencies and act on their discoveries. Leaders will gain deep insight into how they see themselves as leaders, how others view them, and what actions they can take to improve their effectiveness.