A Leader's Legacy
August 2006, Jossey-Bass
Part One: Significance.
1 Leaders Serve and Sacrifice.
2 The Best Leaders Are Teachers.
3 We All Need Loving Critics.
4 You Are the Most Important Leader in Your Organization.
5 No One Likes to Be an Assumption.
Part Two: Relationships.
6 Leadership Is Personal.
7 Leaders Should Want to Be Liked.
8 When You Don’t See Eye to Eye, Seek toUnderstand.
9 You Can’t Take Trust for Granted.
10 Let Your People Go.
Part Three: Aspirations.
11 Lead from the Inside Out.
12 Forward-Looking Is a Leadership Prerequisite.
13 It’s Not Just the Leader’s Vision.
14 Liberate the Leader in Everyone.
15 Leaders Are Followers, Too!
Part Four: Courage.
16 There’s Courage in All of Us.
17 You Can’t Plan to Be Courageous, But You Can Choose It.
18 It Takes Courage to Make a Life.
19 The Courage to Be Human.
20 Failure Is Always an Option.
21 No Money-Back Guarantee.
Afterword: The Legacy You Leave Is the Life You Lead.
About the Authors.
Jim and Barry were named Management/Leadership Educators of the Year by the International Management Council and received from them the prestigious Wilbur M. McFeely Award. This honor puts them in the company of Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Peter Drucker, Edward Deming, Frances Hesselbein, Lee Iacocca, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Norman Vincent Peale, and Tom Peters, who are all past recipients of the award. In the book Coaching for Leadership they were listed among the nation’s top leadership educators. Jim and Barry are frequent conference speakers and each has conducted leadership development programs for hundreds of organizations, including Apple, Applied Materials, ARCO, AT&T, Australia Post, Bank of America, Bose, Charles Schwab, Cisco Systems, Community Leadership Association, Conference Board of Canada, Consumers Energy, Dell Computer, Deloitte Touche, Egon Zehnder International, Federal Express, Gymboree, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and Hospitals, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, L. L. Bean, 3M, Merck, Mervyn’s, Motorola, Network Appliance, Northrop Grumman, Roche Bioscience, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, Toyota, the U.S. Postal Service, United Way, and VISA.
Jim Kouzes is a popular seminar and conference speaker
who shares his insights about the leadership practices that
contribute to high performance in individuals and organizations,
leaving his audiences inspired with practical leadership tools and
tips that they can apply at work, at home, and in their
communities. Not only is he a highly regarded leadership scholar
and an experienced executive, the Wall Street Journal has
cited him as one of the twelve most requested nonuniversity
executive educators in the United States.
Jim is currently an Executive Fellow at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University. He previously served as president, CEO, and chairman of the Tom Peters Company (1988–1999) and prior to that led the Executive Development Center at Santa Clara University (1981–1987). Jim founded the Joint Center for Human Services Development at San Jose State University (1972–1980) and was on the staff of the School of Social Work, University of Texas. His career in training and development began in 1969 when he conducted seminars for Community Action Agency staff and volunteers in the “war on poverty” effort. Following graduation from Michigan State University (B.A. with honors in political science), he served as a Peace Corps volunteer (1967–1969). Jim also received a certificate from San Jose State University’s School of Business for completion of the internship in organization development.
Jim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barry Posner is dean of the Leavey School of Business and
professor of leadership at Santa Clara University (in Silicon
Valley, California), where he has received numerous Kouzes.babout
teaching and innovation awards. An internationally renowned scholar
and educator, Barry is author or coauthor of more than a hundred
research and practitioner-focused articles. He currently serves on
the editorial review boards for Leadership and Organizational
Development, Leadership Review, and the International
Journal of Servant-Leadership. Barry is a warm and engaging
conference speaker and dynamic workshop facilitator.
Barry received his baccalaureate degree with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in political science, his master’s degree from The Ohio State University in public administration, and his doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in organizational behavior and administrative theory. Having consulted with a wide variety of public and private sector organizations around the globe, Barry currently sits on the boards of directors of Advanced Energy (NASDAQ: AEIS), the San Jose Repertory Theatre, and EMQ Family & Children Services. He has served previously on the board of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay, Public Allies, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Santa Clara County, the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and several start-up companies. Barry can be reached at email@example.com.
More information about Jim and Barry, their work, and their services, can be found at their Web site: www.theleadershipchallenge.com.
—Bill George, former chairman and CEO, Medtronic; author, Authentic Leadership
"This superb book defies conventional wisdom in favor of being
truly wise. In chapters such as ‘Leaders Should Want
to Be Liked’ and ‘Failure Is Always an Option,’
Kouzes and Posner portray leaders on a human scale, opening
leadership to anyone who is willing to be fully human. That, of
course, is a challenge! And yet the style of this book—with
its stories of well-grounded leaders and its engaging
conversational prose—encourages the reader to live into and
up to that challenge. A Leader's Legacy will surely become
key to the literary legacy that its authors have been leaving in
their wake over the past twenty-five years."
—Parker J. Palmer, author, The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness, and Let Your Life Speak
"In their new book, Kouzes and Posner provide a badly needed
supplement to all those other books on leadership. First, they
don’t just say that everyone can be a
leader—that oft-repeated bromide is little more than a
cliché now. They demonstrate (with good examples) how true and
important the idea is. And second (again with effective examples)
they make ‘leadership’ something that will interest not
just ‘organizational’ types but anyone who hopes to
make a difference in the world."
—William Bridges, author, Transitions and Managing Transition
"A Leader’s Legacy is an indispensable daily
reference for leaders at every level of every enterprise.
Legacy is a gift to leaders of today, to leaders of the
—Frances Hesselbein, chairman, Leader to Leader Institute