The Leadership Challenge
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The Leadership Challenge

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by James M. Kouzes

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The most trusted resource on becoming a leader is now updated and revised for a new generation.

This leadership classic continues to be a bestseller after three editions and twenty years in print. It is the gold standard for research-based leadership, and the premier resource on becoming a leader. This new edition, with streamlined text, more international and

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The most trusted resource on becoming a leader is now updated and revised for a new generation.

This leadership classic continues to be a bestseller after three editions and twenty years in print. It is the gold standard for research-based leadership, and the premier resource on becoming a leader. This new edition, with streamlined text, more international and business examples, and a graphic redesign, is more readable and accessible than ever before.

The Leadership Challenge, Fourth Edition, has been extensively updated with the latest research and case studies, and offers inspiring new stories of real people achieving extraordinary results. The authors' central theme remains the same and is more relevant today than ever: "Leadership is Everyone?s Business." Their "five practices" and "ten commitments" have been proven by hundreds of thousands of dedicated, successful leaders. This edition, with almost one-third new material, emphasizes the global community and refocuses on business leaders.

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Editorial Reviews

David S. Pottruck
This book is one of the very best on the topic of leadership, offering extraordinary stories from leaders at various ages and stages of their lives. Whether you're now in a leadership role and want to further strengthen and hone your skills, or you simply have the desire to learn to make a difference and help guide your company—or even friends and family members—to higher levels of success, you'll benefit by reading The Leadership Challenge. (president & CEO, The Charles Schwab Corporation)
Warren Bennis
The first edition was seminal and totally original. It became a modern classic on leadership practically overnight. With this new edition, with new cases and concepts and action steps that are even riper and more important, Kouzes and Posner go way beyond their earlier work and have made yet another brilliant contribution to leadership studies. This new book, a product of an unusual collaboration, is essential reading for everyone involved or concerned with leading. (distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California, and coauthor, "Geeks and Geezers: How Era, Values, and Defining Moments Shape Leaders")
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
From the ten commitments of leadership to the emphasis on actions and relationships, this valuable book is full of enduring wisdom and practical insights essential for success in challenging times. (Harvard Business School, best-selling author of "Evolve! Succeeding in the Digital Culture of Tomorrow")
John C. Maxwell
For twenty-five years I have written about and taught leadership. The Leadership Challenge is one of the five best books I have ever read. I continually recommend it to others. (founder, The INJOY Group, and author, "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership")
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An inspirational and practical handbook, this expanded revision of a bestselling manual originally published in 1987 offers sound advice to corporate leaders and entrepreneurs, to managers and employees and to aspiring leaders in retail, manufacturing, government, community, church and school settings. Drawing on interviews and a questionnaire survey of more than 3000 leaders, the authors identify five fundamental practices of exemplary leadership: challenge the status quo; inspire a shared vision; enable others to act; model the way forward by setting an example; tap individuals' inner drives by linking rewards and performance. Kouzes, chairman and CEO of TPG/Learning Systems, and Posner, managing partner of Santa Clara University's Executive Development Center in California, write insightful, down-to-earth, jargon-free prose. This new edition has been substantially updated to reflect the challenges of shrinking work forces, rising cynicism and expanded telecommunications. An appendix includes the author's Leadership Practices Inventory, a tool for assessing leadership behavior. 75,000 first printing; Executive Program Book Club main selection; author tour. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Kouzes gives workshops in executive development and managing growth companies; Posner conducts seminars in communication, group dynamics, etc. Their excellent book on leadership for business executives covers identifying and developing leadership qualities, building commitment into action, and other important topics. In addition to discussing the theoretical foundations of leadership, the authors use many examples from work situations to demonstrate application. In a field in which many books are available, this one is readable, interesting, and up-to-date. Highly recommended for collections serving business executives and students. Grace Klinefelter, Ft. Lauderdale Coll. Lib., Fla.
From the Publisher
"The management classic", (Financial Times, Tuesday 11th September 2007)

"After 20 years in print, this key publication has undergone a substantial revision for its fourth edition." (People Management, Thursday 1st November 2007)

"After three editions and 20 years in print, this leadership classic continues to be the premier resource on becoming a leader."  (Securities & Investment Review, November 2007)

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Product Details

Publication date:
J-B Leadership Challenge: Kouzes/Posner Series, #64
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Leadership books are a dime a dozen and most don't last a week let alone years. The Leadership Challenge has lasted because it is research based, it is practical, and it has heart! Believe me&they have hard evidence for what we usually think of as a soft topic. This book especially shines when ordinary folks can take these practices and work them into our lives on a moment-by-moment basis. Both authors are leaders in their own right, which doesn't hurt a bit. Why offer a new revision? Practically speaking, Jim and Barry have piles of new data to share, new real life examples to tell, and updates given the wild and crazy new economy." —Tom Peters, management guru, founder and chairman, Tom Peters Company and author, In Search of Excellence

"Based upon evidence collected from around the world and over decades, The Leadership Challenge provides practical guidance on how to lead and inspiration to make the effort." —Jeffrey Pfeffer, professor, Stanford Business School and author, The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First. "Kouzes and Posner are correct-leadership hasn't changed, but the context in which leaders operate has shifted dramatically. And that makes all the difference, as the two authors who have conducted perhaps the most important research on leadership describe in eloquent language and instructive case studies. If you read their first book, it's time to go back to the classroom and place your knowledge about leadership in a new context. If you didn't read the first edition, reading this book may be the most important thing you do this year to develop yourself as a leader!" —Janelle Barlow, president, TMI, US and co-author, A Complaint Is A Gift, Emotional Value, and Smart Videoconferencing

"Kouzes and Posner have written a book of reaffirmation. They have reaffirmed&with scholarship, stories, and their own ability to express ideas clearly&what it takes to lead. They return again and again to the essential qualities and values that enable one person to influence others&the capacity to reach and touch one another as caring, compassionate human beings." —David Lawrence, MD, chair/CEO, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

"Kouzes and Posner give us breadth and depth with real world examples of everyday leadership from everyday people who are meeting the extraordinary challenges of our time. A book of exceptional, real-world insight on what it takes to be a leader in our most complex and challenging times." —Regis McKenna, chairman, The McKenna Group and author, Total Access

"The Leadership Challenge has been my primary leadership text since 1988. It is the blue print for getting others to want to do what we are convinced needs to be done and is required reading for anyone who aspires to be a next-generation leader." — Andy Stanley, founding pastor, North Point Community Church

"In The Leadership Challenge, chairs, deans, and provosts will find inspiration as well as practical suggestions that fit well with the difficult situations with which leaders in the academy struggle." —Ann Lucas, professor of Organization Development, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and author of Strengthening Departmental Leadership and Leading Academic Change

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Meet the Author

James M. Kouzes is Dean's Executive Professor of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.

Barry Z. Posner, Ph.D. is Dean of the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, and Professor of Leadership.

Kouzes and Posner are the coauthors of A Leader's Legacy, Credibility, Encouraging the Heart, and The Leadership Challenge Workbook, as well as over a dozen other books and workbooks on leadership and leadership development. They also developed the highly acclaimed Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) and LPI Online, 360-degree assessment tools based on The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.

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