From the best-selling authors of The Leadership Challenge and over a dozen award-winning leadership books, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner have written a new book that examines a fundamental question: How do people learn leadership? How do they learn to become leaders?
Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader is a comprehensive guide to unleashing the inner-leader in us all and to building a solid foundation for a lifetime of leadership growth and mastery. The book offers a concrete framework to help individuals of all levels, functions, and backgrounds take charge of their own leadership development and become the best leaders they can be. Arguing that all individuals are born with the capacity to lead, Kouzes and Posner provide listeners with a practical series of actions and specific coaching tips for harnessing that capacity and creating a context in which they can excel. Supported by over 30 years of research, from over 70 countries, and with examples from real-world leaders, Learning Leadership is a clarion call to unleash the leadership potential that is already present in today's society.
According to Kouzes and Posner, "Leadership makes a significant difference in levels of engagement and commitment and is perhaps the most important asset in every organization, yet recent research points to a shortage of leaders. It is a serious global concern. The world needs more exemplary leaders in order to promote high-performing workplaces and inspire feelings of greater self-worth and meaningfulness. The shortage, however, is not because of the lack of potential talent. The people are out there, the eagerness is out there, and the capability is out there. The shortage results from prevailing myths - myths about talent, strengths, position, self-reliance, and effort - that inhibit the vast majority of leaders from shining and organizations from realizing the full benefits of the talent they already have."
Learning Leadership provides listeners with evidence-based strategies to ignite the habit of continuous improvement and the mindset of becoming the best leaders they can be. Emerging leaders, as well as leadership developers, internal and external coaches and trainers, and other human resource professionals will learn from first-hand stories and practical examples so that they can deeply understand and apply the fundamentals for becoming the best leaders they can be.
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About the Author
BARRY Z. POSNER is the Accolti Endowed Professor of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business. An accomplished scholar, he also provides leadership workshops and seminars around the world.
Table of ContentsIntroduction The World Needs Exemplary Leaders xv
Part I Learning Leadership Fundamentals 1
Chapter 1 Leaders are Born and So Are You 3
Chapter 2 Leadership Makes a Difference 13
Chapter 3 You Are Already Leading—Just Not Frequently Enough 23
Part II Fundamental One: Believe You Can 33
Chapter 4 You Have to Believe in Yourself 35
Chapter 5 Learning Is the Master Skill 45
Chapter 6 Leadership Emerges from Within 55
Part III Fundamental Two: Aspire to Excel 65
Chapter 7 You Have to Know What’s Important to You 67
Chapter 8 Who You Are Isn’t Who You Will Be 77
Chapter 9 It’s Not Just About You 87
Part IV Fundamental Three: Challenge Yourself 97
Chapter 10 Challenge Is Your Leadership Training Ground 99
Chapter 11 Get Curious and Go Kick the Ball Around 109
Chapter 12 Get Gritty and Stay Hardy 119
Chapter 13 Courage Gives You the Strength to Grow 129
Part V Fundamental Four: Engage Support 139
Chapter 14 I Couldn’t Have Done It without You 141
Chapter 15 Get Connected 151
Chapter 16 Without Feedback You Cannot Grow 159
Part VI Fundamental Five: Practice Deliberately 169
Chapter 17 Leadership Takes Practice, and Practice Takes Time 171
Chapter 18 Context Matters 181
Chapter 19 Learning Leadership Must Be a Daily Habit 191
Part VII Commit to Becoming the Best 201
Chapter 20 It’s Not How You Start; It’s How You Finish 203
About the Authors 239