The Truth about Leadership: The No-fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know
July 2010, Jossey-Bass
A fresh look at what it means to lead from two of the biggest names in leadership
In these turbulent times, when the very foundations of organizations and societies are shaken, leaders need to move beyond pessimistic predictions, trendy fads, and simplistic solutions. They need to turn to what's real and what's proven. In their engaging, personal, and bold new book, Kouzes and Posner reveal ten time-tested truths that show what every leader must know, the questions they must be prepared to answer, and the real-world issues they will likely face.
- Based on thirty years of research, more than one million responses to Kouzes and Posner's leadership assessment, and the questions people most want leaders to answer
- Explores the fundamental, enduring truths of leadership that hold constant regardless of context or circumstance-leaders make a difference, credibility, values, trust, leading by example, heart, and more
- Shows emerging leaders what they need to know to be effective; fans of The Leadership Challenge will find a dynamic new look at the real challenges leaders face today
Drawing from cases spanning three generations of leaders from around the world, this is a book leaders can use to do their real and necessary work-bringing about the essential changes that will renew organizations and communities.
Truth 1: You Make a Difference.
Truth 2: Credibility Is the Foundation of Leadership.
Truth 3: Values Drive Commitment.
Truth 4: Focusing on the Future Sets Leaders Apart.
Truth 5: You Can't Do It Alone.
Truth 6: Trust Rules.
Truth 7: Challenge Is the Crucible of Greatness.
Truth 8: You Either Lead by Example or You Don't Lead at All.
Truth 9: The Best Leaders Are the Best Learners.
Truth 10: Leadership Is an Affair of the Heart.
Epilogue: Leaders Say Yes.
About the Authors.
James M. Kouzes is the Dean's Executive Professor of Leadership, Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, and one of the leading executive educators in the United States.
Barry Z. Posner is Professor of Leadership at Santa Clara University, where he served as Dean of the Leavey School of Business for twelve years (19962009).
Together, they are the bestselling authors of The Leadership Challenge, A Leader's Legacy, Credibility, Encouraging the Heart, The Leadership Challenge Workbook, and over a dozen other books and workbooks on leadership. They also developed the highly acclaimed Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), a 360-degree assessment tool based on The Five Practices. They are among the most sought-after scholars and educators on the subjects of leadership and leadership development.
For more information, please visit www.truthaboutleadership.com
—PATRICK LENCIONI, president, The Table Group, and author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and Getting Naked
“The leadership truths Kouzes and Posner lay out have not
only endured the test of time but are even more relevant now in a
world transformed by Twittering Millennials. Buy copies for
yourself, your boss, and also for leaders of your
—CHARLENE LI, author of Open Leadership, and founder, Altimeter Group
“The Truth About Leadership provides some of the
best practical advice on leadership I’ve read in a long time.
If you have not read Kouzes and Posner and you manage people, shame
on you. Start here. If you have read their work and your workplace
needs a shot in the arm, you’ll find this book a quick,
engaging jewel that will help you become a more trusted, credible,
and valued leader.”
—ADRIAN GOSTICK, author of The Carrot Principle
“I’ve always been a big proponent of simple truths.
That’s why I love the new book from Jim Kouzes and Barry
Posner, The Truth About Leadership. Jim and Barry
spell out ten fundamental truths about leadership and every one of
them is right on. If you want to do a fact check on your leadership
expertise, read this book!”
—KEN BLANCHARD, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level
“Regardless of your experience, age, generation, or life
stage, The Truth About Leadership will remind you of the
vital role leaders play in our lives, renew your interest in
understanding what makes a leader great, and rekindle your desire
to be an inspiring leader yourself.”
—LYNNE LANCASTER, coauthor of When Generations Collide and The M-Factor
“Elegant in its simplicity and powerful in its depth,
The Truth About Leadership dazzles the reader with
evidence-based knowledge and practical inspiration This is that one
in a million book that serves to pull an entire field together for
the reader. No matter how many books you’ve read on
leadership, you will better understand each of them after reading
this remarkable book.”
—COLONEL TOM KOLDITZ, PhD, professor, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and author of In Extremis Leadership
“This is a book a leader should put on his or her
nightstand and read a chapter a night to refresh on what is
important from a leadership perspective.”
—STEPHEN ALMASSY, Global Vice Chair, OCA/Industry, Ernst & Young Global Limited