The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, 5th Edition
June 2012, Jossey-Bass
For more than 25 years, The Leadership Challenge has been the most trusted source on becoming a better leader, selling more than 2 million copies in over 20 languages since its first publication. Based on Kouzes and Posner's extensive research, this all-new edition casts their enduring work in context for today's world, proving how leadership is a relationship that must be nurtured, and most importantly, that it can be learned.
- Features over 100 all-new case studies and examples, which show The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership in action around the world
- Focuses on the toughest organizational challenges leaders face today
- Addresses changes in how people work and what people want from their work
An indispensable resource for leaders at all levels, this anniversary edition is a landmark update and must-read.
Introduction: Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations 1
1 When Leaders Are at Their Best 9
The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership—Leadership Is a Relationship—Putting It All Together: Credibility Is the Foundation
PRACTICE 1 MODEL THE WAY 41
2 Clarify Values 43
Find Your Voice—Affirm Shared Values
3 Set the Example 71
Live the Shared Values—Teach Others to Model the Values
PRACTICE 2 INSPIRE A SHARED VISION 99
4 Envision the Future 101
Imagine the Possibilities—Find a Common Purpose
5 Enlist Others 127
Appeal to Common Ideals—Animate the Vision
PRACTICE 3 CHALLENGE THE PROCESS 155
6 Search for Opportunities 157
Seize the Initiative—Exercise Outsight
7 Experiment and Take Risks 185
Generate Small Wins—Learn from Experience
PRACTICE 4 ENABLE OTHERS TO ACT 213
8 Foster Collaboration 215
Create a Climate of Trust—Facilitate Relationships
9 Strengthen Others 241
Enhance Self-Determination—Develop Competence and Confidence
PRACTICE 5 ENCOURAGE THE HEART 271
10 Recognize Contributions 273
Expect the Best—Personalize Recognition
11 Celebrate the Values and Victories 301
Create a Spirit of Community—Get Personally Involved
12 Leadership Is Everyone’s Business 329
Look to Leaders Everywhere—Know How Important You Are—Practice—Reflect—Remain Humble and Human—Seize the Moment—Remember the Secret to Success in Life
About the Authors 379
For Tae and Jackie with all our love. Thank you for all you do and all that you have given us.
James Kouzes is the Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, and lectures on leadership around the world to corporations, governments, and nonprofits.
Barry Posner is Accolti Professor of Leadership and former Dean (1997-2009) of the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. An accomplished scholar, he also provides leadership workshops and seminars around the world.
Kouzes and Posner are the authors of Credibility, The Truth About Leadership, A Leader's Legacy, Encouraging the Heart, and The Student Leadership Challenge, among many other works. They also developed the highly acclaimed Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI).
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