A Leader's Legacy / Edition 1by James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
Pub. Date: 08/18/2006
In this provocative book, leadership experts and authors of the best-selling The Leadership Challenge, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner take on a unique challenge and explore the question of leadership and legacy. Kouzes and Posner examine in twenty-two chapters the critical questions all leaders must ask themselves in order to leave a lasting impact. These/i>
In this provocative book, leadership experts and authors of the best-selling The Leadership Challenge, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner take on a unique challenge and explore the question of leadership and legacy. Kouzes and Posner examine in twenty-two chapters the critical questions all leaders must ask themselves in order to leave a lasting impact. These powerful essays are grouped into four categories: Significance, Relationships, Aspirations, and Courage. In each essay the authors consider a thorny and often ambiguous issue with which today’s leaders must grapple issues—such as how leaders serve and sacrifice, why leaders need loving critics, why leaders should want to be liked, why leaders can't take trust for granted, why it’s not just the leader’s vision, why failure is always an option, why it takes courage to “make a life,” how to liberate the leader in everyone, and ultimately, how the legacy you leave is the life you lead.
Table of Contents
Part One: Significance.
1 Leaders Serve and Sacrifice.
2 The Best Leaders Are Teachers.
3 We All Need Loving Critics.
4 You Are the Most Important Leader in Your Organization.
5 No One Likes to Be an Assumption.
Part Two: Relationships.
6 Leadership Is Personal.
7 Leaders Should Want to Be Liked.
8 When You Don’t See Eye to Eye, Seek toUnderstand.
9 You Can’t Take Trust for Granted.
10 Let Your People Go.
Part Three: Aspirations.
11 Lead from the Inside Out.
12 Forward-Looking Is a Leadership Prerequisite.
13 It’s Not Just the Leader’s Vision.
14 Liberate the Leader in Everyone.
15 Leaders Are Followers, Too!
Part Four: Courage.
16 There’s Courage in All of Us.
17 You Can’t Plan to Be Courageous, But You Can Choose It.
18 It Takes Courage to Make a Life.
19 The Courage to Be Human.
20 Failure Is Always an Option.
21 No Money-Back Guarantee.
Afterword: The Legacy You Leave Is the Life You Lead.
About the Authors.
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This easy-to-read, well-organized inspirational book shows you in 21 short chapters what it takes to become a leader. The essays are concise and transparent, and the numerous examples will inspire anyone who needs a boost in leadership energy. Some material is repeated, basic or familiar, but the book offers a great deal of wisdom about motivational leadership and making your mark. If you'd like a short but solid manual on leadership issues to read on the airplane or over the weekend, we recommend tossing this into your carry-on or briefcase.