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The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes

The Leadership Challenge

by James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner (Author)

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I'm not a fan of alludes and Posner...most of what I've read of theirs is several times longer than necessary - as if they felt a need to justify their position by adding in more anecdotes than normal. This was required reading for a year long management round table and while it does have value, I found less value than most probably would. Much of what they try to convey is intuitively obvious to me, and a I see pretty much daily that heir theories are not intuitively obvious to others, so I acknowledge that they do fill a need, but as with their other books that I've read, this is 8-10 times longer than it needs to be. Make your points, use concise language to convey the supporting evidence, illustrate with maybe one anecdote, and recap. If you never read another leadership book, well, read another leadership book. They each claim to have the key to making things happen and they all probably have some merit, but the real leader takes from multiple sources and synthesizes a package that works for him/her. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
This book has reached classic status, and I can see why. It explains a simple framework of five essential components for motivating and inspiring others. The five make sense and are simple enough to quickly memorize. Within these there are ten sub-components and then a further breakdown of key principles. The examples, while meaningful and instructive, get dry for me. In fairness, it may be that, having already been through a class and the accompanying workbook, I'm already at a different learning stage. While the text itself kept my rating at a 3, the concepts are invaluable and I'd recommend it (and will reference it again myself). ( )
  jpsnow | Apr 23, 2016 |
Discusses the funamentals of leadership and how they can be applied to the global business environment. This books guides readers through the "Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership" and emphaisizes leadership as a realationship.

Recommended for advising students on leadership qualities, the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership would probably be the highlight.
  OHIOCLDC | Jun 24, 2015 |
Great material, struggled with their writing style. ( )
  shdawson | Nov 25, 2014 |
Now with integrated mobile app!
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James M. Kouzesprimary authorall editionscalculated
Posner, Barry Z.Authormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Peters, TomForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the 1980s and again in the '90s, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner published The Leadership Challenge to address issues they uncovered in research on ordinary people achieving "individual leadership standards of excellence." The keys they identified--model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, encourage the heart--have now been reexamined in the context of the post-millennium world and updated in a third edition. "What we have discovered, and rediscovered, is that leadership is not the private reserve of a few charismatic men and women," write Kouzes, chairman emeritus of the Tom Peters Company, and Posner, dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. "People make extraordinary things happen by liberating the leader within everyone." After explaining their concept and methodology, the authors detail the five essentials noted above in a pair of chapters apiece that bring clarity to their theories with case studies and recommended actions. The specificity of each (motivating through "the meaningfulness of the challenge, not the material rewards of success," for example, and being able to "accept the mistakes that result from experimentation") is enhanced by advice on sustaining the commitment and making leadership skills accessible to all. The results remain as relevant as when they were first published. --Howard Rothman

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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 Everyones 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.… (more)

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