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The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, Fifth Edition
James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

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Format: Hardcover, 416pp.
ISBN: 9780470651728
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Pub. Date: 5th edition July 31, 2012

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The most trusted resource on becoming a leader, updated and revised for a new generation

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

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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 Goldsmith, bestselling author, MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There

"This is perhaps the most comprehensive field guide ever written for leaders. It has been a key part of my personal journey as a leader for years."
—Patrick Lencioni, president, The Table Group; bestselling author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage

"Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have done it again! In this all-new fifth edition of The Leadership Challenge—the bible for leaders everywhere—they have taken their leadership ideas to new heights, befitting of the challenges leaders face in this global era."
—Bill George, author, True North; former chairman and CEO, Medtronic, Inc.

"No book has ever chronicled the practices of true leadership better than The Leadership Challenge, and this updated edition deftly outlines how to be a phenomenal leader in the 21st century."
—Chip Conley, founder, Joie de Vivre Hotels; author, PEAK and Emotional Equations

"Now in its fifth edition, The Leadership Challenge has stood the test of time for good reason: it's quite simply one of the best books you'll ever read on leadership."
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One Minute Manager® and Great Leaders Grow

"I read The Leadership Challenge as a new manager building Oracle University and was deeply affected by it. It shaped me as a leader and influenced my career. Reading the fifth edition twenty years later, I am struck by how its wisdom stands the test of time while also providing fresh, relevant insights for leading at your best and mobilizing others to achieve the extraordinary."
—Liz Wiseman, author, Multipliers

"The Leadership Challenge remains one of the five best books I have ever read. Twenty-five years after its first publication, I still continually recommend it to others looking to improve as leaders."
—John C. Maxwell, leadership expert; bestselling author, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

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About the Authors

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).

Table of Contents
Introduction: Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations1
1When Leaders Are at Their Best9
The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership—Leadership Is a Relationship—Putting It All Together: Credibility Is the Foundation
2 Clarify Values43
Find Your Voice—Affirm Shared Values
3Set the Example71
Live the Shared Values—Teach Others to Model the Values
4Envision the Future101
Imagine the Possibilities—Find a Common Purpose
5Enlist Others127
Appeal to Common Ideals—Animate the Vision
6Search for Opportunities157
Seize the Initiative—Exercise Outsight
7Experiment and Take Risks185
Generate Small Wins—Learn from Experience
8Foster Collaboration215
Create a Climate of Trust—Facilitate Relationships
9Strengthen Others241
Enhance Self-Determination—Develop Competence and Confidence
10Recognize Contributions273
Expect the Best—Personalize Recognition
11Celebrate the Values and Victories301
Create a Spirit of Community—Get Personally Involved
12Leadership Is Everyone’s Business329
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
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