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The leadership challenge
Kouzes, James M., 1945-
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Third edition.
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San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, [2002]

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xxviii, 458 pages ; 24 cm.
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When it was initially written in 1987, few could have predicted that The Leadership Challenge would become one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. Now, faced with the new challenges of our unpredictable global business environment, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner--two of the country's premier leadership experts--have completely revised and updated their classic book. Building on the knowledge base of their previous books, the third edition of The Leadership Challenge is grounded in extensive research and based on interviews with all kinds of leaders at all levels in public and private organizations from around the world. In this edition, the authors emphasize that the fundamentals of leadership are the same today as they were in the 1980s, and as they've probably been for centuries. In that sense, nothing's new. Leadership is not a fad. While the content of leadership has not changed, the context has-and in some cases, changed dramatically.

Author Notes

Jim Kouzes is Chairman Emeritus of the Tom Peters Company and an Executive Fellow at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. Barry Posner is Dean of the Leavey School of Business and Professor of Leadership at Santa Clara University.

Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner are authors of the award-winning and best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge, as well as the widely used Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). They have also written such works as Credibility, Encouraging the Heart, and The Leadership Challenge Planner. The launch of LPI Online, combined with their other publications, truly make them the most trusted source on becoming a better leader.

Reviews 4

Booklist Review

The myth of leadership holds that it is a mystical quality possessed by a few charismatic individuals. This book shows in great detail that leadership can be learned that it encompasses a set of processes and behavior that can be consciously nurtured. From extensive studies and interviews, the authors have found that good leaders seek challenges, inspire a shared vision, enable others to act independently, function as role models, and encourage colleagues and associates by giving rewards. This profile is set in contrast to managers who control and restrict. Chock-full of pertinent on-the-job examples, this volume shows the many ways leaders can encourage their employees to greater productivity. A solid choice for the In Search of Excellence crowd. Notes; to be indexed. BK. 658.4'092 Leadership / Executive ability / Management [OCLC] 87-45428

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Kouzes and Posner (Santa Clara Univ.) have updated their well-known book, which many consider the preeminent guidebook and research-based study on leadership. In this new edition (3rd ed., CH, Jan'03, 40-2890), chapters are updated with current research, new case studies, inspiring vignettes about the ways in which ordinary people have overcome adversity to accomplish extraordinary things, and myriad interviews with contemporary leaders at all levels in a variety of organizations. The 13 easy-to-read chapters are divided into seven sections: "What Leaders Do and What Constituents Expect," "Model the Way," "Inspire a Shared Vision," "Challenge the Process," "Enable Others to Act," "Encourage the Heart," and "Leadership for Everyone." For the authors, leadership is more than effective business managerial talent. Rather, from parenting to public service, it is a universal ideal that goes beyond the traditional challenges of corporate goal congruence to the commitment to personal self-development and the development of leadership in others. For those aspiring to be leaders, this will be a persuasive, inspiring book. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers, all undergraduate students, and practitioners. S. R. Kahn University of Cincinnati

Table of Contents

Preface: Getting Extraordinary Things Done in Organizationsp. xi
1 What Leaders Do and What Constituents Expect
1 The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadershipp. 3
Leadership Opportunities Are Everywhere
The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership
Leadership Is a Relationship
The Ten Commitments of Leadership
2 Credibility is the Foundation of Leadershipp. 27
What People Look For and Admire in Leaders
Putting It All Together: Credibility Is the Foundation
2 Model the Way
3 Clarify Valuesp. 45
Find Your Voice
Affirm Shared Values
Reflection and Action
4 Set the Examplep. 73
Personify the Shared Values
Teach Others to Model the Values
Reflection and Action
3 Inspire a Shared Vision
5 Envision the Futurep. 103
Imagine the Possibilities
Find a Common Purpose
Reflection and Action
6 Enlist Othersp. 130
Appeal to Common Ideals
Animate the Vision
Reflection and Action
4 Challenge the Process
7 Search for Opportunitiesp. 161
Seize the Initiative
Exercise Outsight
Reflection and Action
8 Experiment and Take Risksp. 188
Generate Small Wins
Learn from Experience
Reflection and Action
5 Enable Others to Act
9 Foster Collaborationp. 221
Create a Climate of Trust
Facilitate Relationships
Reflection and Action
10 Strengthen Othersp. 248
Enhance Self-Determination
Develop Competence and Confidence
Reflection and Action
6 Encourage the Heart
11 Recognize Contributionsp. 279
Expect the Best
Personalize Recognition
Reflection and Action
12 Celebrate the Values and Victoriesp. 307
Create a Spirit of Community
Be Personally Involved
Reflection and Action
7 Leadership for Everyone
13 Leadership is Everyone's Businessp. 337
You Are the Most Important Leader in Your Organization
Leadership Is Learned
Leaders Make a Difference
First Lead Yourself
Moral Leadership Calls Us to Higher Purposes
Humility Is the Antidote to Hubris
Leadership Is in the Moment
The Secret to Success in Life
Notesp. 352
Acknowledgmentsp. 369
About the Authorsp. 373
Indexp. 377