The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations

Hardcover | July 31, 2012

byJames M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner

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The 25th anniversary edition of the bestselling business classic, completely revised and updated

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.

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The 25th anniversary edition of the bestselling business classic, completely revised and updated 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 rese...

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"The Leadership Challenge is still popular and relevant after 25 years for a reason: it is a classic. No one provides more practical real-world advice than Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. This is the book on leadership that I recommend to all of my clients, and I think this is the greatest book on leadership ever written." —MARSHALL GOLDS...

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. ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.9 × 6.5 × 1.5 inPublished:July 31, 2012Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0470651725

ISBN - 13:9780470651728

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Table of Contents

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

Notes 347

Acknowledgments 375

About the Authors 379

Index 383

For Tae and Jackie with all our love. Thank you for all you do and all that you have given us.