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"By asking ourselves how we want to be remembered, we plant theseeds for living our lives as if we matter. By living each day asif we matter, we offer up our own unique legacy. By offering up ourown unique legacy, we make the world we inhabit a better place thanwe found it."
—From the Introduction

In this provocative book, leadership experts and authors of thebest-selling The Leadership Challenge Jim Kouzes and Barry Posnertake on a unique challenge and explore the question of leadershipand legacy.

Kouzes and Posner examine in twenty-two chapters the criticalquestions all leaders must ask themselves in order to leave alasting impact. These powerful essays are grouped into fourcategories: Significance, Relationships, Aspirations, and Courage.In each essay the authors consider a thorny and often ambiguousissue with which today's leaders must grapple— issues such ashow leaders serve and sacrifice, why leaders need loving critics,why leaders should want to be liked, why leaders can't take trustfor granted, why it's not just the leader's vision, why failure isalways an option, why it takes courage to "make a life," how toliberate the leader in everyone, and ultimately, how the legacy youleave is the life you lead.

A Leader's Legacy is Kouzes and Posner's most personal andcompelling work to date. They focus on the core challenges leadersface and offer up a thoughtful and reassuring perspective anyleader—or aspiring leader—can use to explore the choicesthey make as they walk their path to greatness.

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" …an often emotional but compelling book…offers a thoughtful and reassuring perspective that any leader or aspiring leader can use…" (Business Executive, June 2007)
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Meet the Author

Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner are coauthors of theaward-winning and best-selling book, The LeadershipChallenge, with over 1.4 million copies sold in more thanseventeen different languages. They have coauthored more than adozen books, including Credibility: How Leaders Gain It and LoseIt, Why People Demand It—chosen by Industry Weekas one of its year’s five best management books—andEncouraging the Heart. Jim and Barry also developed thehighly acclaimed Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), a 360-degreequestionnaire assessing leadership behavior, which is one of themost widely used leadership assessment instruments in the world.More than three hundred doctoral dissertations and academicresearch projects have been based on the “Five Practices ofExemplary Leadership” model.
Jim and Barry were named Management/Leadership Educators of theYear by the International Management Council and received from themthe prestigious Wilbur M. McFeely Award. This honor puts them inthe company of Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Peter Drucker, EdwardDeming, Frances Hesselbein, Lee Iacocca, Rosabeth Moss Kanter,Norman Vincent Peale, and Tom Peters, who are all past recipientsof the award. In the book Coaching for Leadership they werelisted among the nation’s top leadership educators. Jim andBarry are frequent conference speakers and each has conductedleadership development programs for hundreds of organizations,including Apple, Applied Materials, ARCO, AT&T, Australia Post,Bank of America, Bose, Charles Schwab, Cisco Systems, CommunityLeadership Association, Conference Board of Canada, ConsumersEnergy, Dell Computer, Deloitte Touche, Egon Zehnder International,Federal Express, Gymboree, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Johnson &Johnson, Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and Hospitals, LawrenceLivermore National Labs, L. L. Bean, 3M, Merck, Mervyn’s,Motorola, Network Appliance, Northrop Grumman, Roche Bioscience,Siemens, Sun Microsystems, Toyota, the U.S. Postal Service, UnitedWay, and VISA.

Jim Kouzes is a popular seminar and conference speakerwho shares his insights about the leadership practices thatcontribute to high performance in individuals and organizations,leaving his audiences inspired with practical leadership tools andtips that they can apply at work, at home, and in theircommunities. Not only is he a highly regarded leadership scholarand an experienced executive, the Wall Street Journal hascited him as one of the twelve most requested nonuniversityexecutive educators in the United States.
Jim is currently an Executive Fellow at the Center for Innovationand Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University. He previouslyserved as president, CEO, and chairman of the Tom Peters Company(1988–1999) and prior to that led the Executive DevelopmentCenter at Santa Clara University (1981–1987). Jim founded theJoint Center for Human Services Development at San Jose StateUniversity (1972–1980) and was on the staff of the School ofSocial Work, University of Texas. His career in training anddevelopment began in 1969 when he conducted seminars for CommunityAction Agency staff and volunteers in the “war onpoverty” effort. Following graduation from Michigan StateUniversity (B.A. with honors in political science), he served as aPeace Corps volunteer (1967–1969). Jim also received acertificate from San Jose State University’s School ofBusiness for completion of the internship in organizationdevelopment.
Jim can be reached at jim@kouzesposner.com.

Barry Posner is dean of the Leavey School of Business andprofessor of leadership at Santa Clara University (in SiliconValley, California), where he has received numerous Kouzes.baboutteaching and innovation awards. An internationally renowned scholarand educator, Barry is author or coauthor of more than a hundredresearch and practitioner-focused articles. He currently serves onthe editorial review boards for Leadership and OrganizationalDevelopment, Leadership Review, and the InternationalJournal of Servant-Leadership. Barry is a warm and engagingconference speaker and dynamic workshop facilitator.
Barry received his baccalaureate degree with honors from theUniversity of California, Santa Barbara, in political science, hismaster’s degree from The Ohio State University in publicadministration, and his doctoral degree from the University ofMassachusetts, Amherst, in organizational behavior andadministrative theory. Having consulted with a wide variety ofpublic and private sector organizations around the globe, Barrycurrently sits on the boards of directors of Advanced Energy(NASDAQ: AEIS), the San Jose Repertory Theatre, and EMQ Family& Children Services. He has served previously on the board ofthe American Institute of Architects (AIA), Junior Achievement ofSilicon Valley and Monterey Bay, Public Allies, Big Brothers/BigSisters of Santa Clara County, the Center for Excellence inNonprofits, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and several start-upcompanies. Barry can be reached at bposner@scu.edu.
More information about Jim and Barry, their work, and theirservices, can be found at their Web site:www.theleadershipchallenge.com.

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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 YourOrganization.

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 ChooseIt.

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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    Posted May 24, 2007

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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.

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