Great Leadership Creates Great Workplaces
May 2013, Jossey-Bass
How can you inspire your employees to the high levels of engagement that drive strong results across the board?
Drawing on over 30 years of research and data from more than two million constituents around the world, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, the bestselling authors of The Leadership Challenge, expand on their work with The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership to create a new metric—Positive Workplace Attitudes—addressing how leaders affect employee engagement. Their research shows how positive feelings about being part of the workplace strongly influence people's willingness to apply discretionary effort to their work. People put forth much more effort for their best leaders and very little for their worst leaders. Leaders who more frequently exhibit exemplary practices foster engagement and inspire people to go from acceptable to good and even to great.
Filled with new findings from Kouzes and Posner's original research, Great Leadership Creates Great Workplaces expands the reach of The Leadership Challenge to address pressing, critical issues around employee engagement, and how leaders can improve it to outperform the competition.
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James Kouzes is the Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.
Barry Posner is Accolti Professor of Leadership and former Dean (1997-2009) of the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.
Kouzes and Posner are the authors of The Leadership Challenge, Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Asia, 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). For more information, visit www.leadershipchallenge.com.
Jossey-Bass Releases the First Original eBook From Premier Leadership Authors Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner:
Great Leadership Creates Great Workplaces
In their first original ebook, James Kouzes and Barry Posner, authors of the bestselling, seminal book on leadership The Leadership Challenge, answer the question: Do leaders directly affect whether a workplace is considered great?
In Great Leaders Create Great Workplaces (Wiley; 978-1-118-72253-4; June 2013; $3.99), Kouzes and Posner definea great workplace as one where everyone knows and shares the values of the organization and feel that their work contributes to a long-term vision. When people believe in their leaders and see them doing what they say they will do, when they feel challenged to search for innovative ways to do things, when they feel like they’re constantly growing and developing, when they feel recognized for their contributions, then they are more likely to deeply trust their co-workers and their leaders. At its core a great workplace engages each person’s mind, emotions, and spirit in doing work that matters.
Using their research and data from millions of constituents around the world, as well as the results of their 30-years of research, Kouzes and Posner have expanded their work with The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership to create a new metric of Positive Workplace Attitudes (PWA), directly addressing how leaders affect employee engagement. Their data reveals quite conclusively that there is a direct, significant relationship between how people report their leaders behaving and how positive they feel about what they are doing and the difference they are making (or not!). Leaders directly affect whether or not people want to stay or leave, whether or not they want to work harder, and whether or not they will recommend their organization to others. In fact, leaders have significantly more impact on employee engagement than strategy, structure, pay, tenure, level, age, gender, function, and other demographic variables.
Filled with new findings from Kouzes & Posner's original research, the Great Leaders Create Great Workplaces ebook is an exciting new opportunity to provide advice about workplace and leadership issues and offer ideas and techniques for increasing the quality and quantity of leaders for the world and healthy workplaces.