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The Leadership Challenge Workbook Paperback – July 30, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0787968212 ISBN-10: 0787968218 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pfeiffer; 2 edition (July 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787968218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787968212
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

THE MOST TRUSTED SOURCE ON BECOMING A BETTER LEADER

"The best leaders are constantly learning. They see all experiences as learning experiences. But there’s a catch. Unexamined experiences don’t produce rich insights that come from reflection and analysis."
—from the Introduction

Based on Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner’s classic book The Leadership Challenge, this Workbook will be a hands-on guide for improving your ability to put into action the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership model and become a leader who Models the Way, Inspires a Shared Vision, Challenges the Process, Enables Others to Act, and Encourages the Heart.

The Workbook’s easy-to-use worksheets make efficient planning simple and practical and supports your success in three ways:

  • Reflection: Think about your approach to leadership and become more conscious about how well you engage in each of the Practices.
  • Application: Apply the Practices and commitments to all your projects.
  • Implications: Record what you’ve learned about yourself, your team, your organization, and your project.

Develop your leadership potential with The Leadership Challenge Workbook!

About the Author

Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner are authors of the award-winning and best-selling books, The Leadership Challenge, Encouraging the Heart and Credibility as well as the widely-used Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). The launch of LPI Online, combined with their other publications, truly make them the most trusted source on becoming a better leader.

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In both classes the students all loved it, and I did as well.
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It is a very useful and insightful book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Quick Draw on September 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
We're using Kouzes & Posner's "The Leadership Challenge" book (among others) in our MBA Leadership and Management Processes class. This workbook, although not required, should be. There are lots of checklists, worksheets, questionaires, etc. that lead you through applying the concepts presented in the book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2007
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Although there has been a more recent edition of The Leadership Challenge published (in 2007) since this Workbook appeared (in 2003), the core concepts remain the same, guiding and informing the series of exercises provided in it. Specifically what James Kouzes and Barry Posner characterize as "The Five Practices" of exemplary leadership, requires two commitments. For example, Challenge the Process by searching for opportunities (i.e. seek innovative ways to change, grow, and improve) and experimenting with calculated risks (i.e. constantly generate "small wins" and learn from every mistake). As Kouzes and Posner have by now clearly indicated in their collaborations, they are relentless empiricists and diehard pragmatists. Their observations and suggestions are driven by more then 30 years of rigorous research that includes hundreds of interviews of leaders and several million responses to various surveys. After briefly identifying the "what" of effective leadership, they devote most of their attention to its "how."

How did Don Bennett, the first amputee to climb Mt. Rainier (elevation 14,410 feet), get to the top on one leg and two crutches? "One hop at a time." Kouzes and Posner suggest that the same process be followed by those who aspire to be exemplary leaders.

They note that work tends to be organized in terms of projects because projects "create the context for our goals, determine with whom we work, and set our schedules." That said, on pages 6 and 7, they offer several guidelines for completing this workbook. Depending on the reader's given project or situation,

1. "If you're just starting, we recommend that you begin with Chapter 4...and work your way through Chapter 8."

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Hobby on September 13, 2009
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This is a well designed workbook for use in the classroom with other leadership materials developed by Kouzes and Posner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. M. VanderWal on October 19, 2010
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I am getting my Masters degree and this was a required workbook for one of my classes. It is a very useful and insightful book. I will be keeping this for future use. It has great areas for reflection and tips and pointers on how to be a great leader. I won't be selling this book back.
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I think the first thing to state is that you NEED THE MAIN BOOK to fully use this workbook well. This workbook goes WITH the main "The Leadership Challenge" book. Make sure you have both of them.

The workbook helps you to think about the topics taught in the main book. It asks you questions and has you think about situations in your work life. Their directed, step by step approach helps you to move through situations and make progress.

I'm working on a leadership degree and so far in the one degree path I've had two separate classes which both required the main Leadership Challenge book. It goes to show how key that book is. In both classes the students all loved it, and I did as well. Only my second class incorporated this workbook.

While I appreciate the aim of the workbook, the teacher's instructions (which I assume came from the publishers) were to use the exact same project for every stage of the workbook. So you start out by describing that project - its time frame, its budget, the challenges, and so on. So far, so good.

But then you move on to talking about your legacy and what you want to be known for in life. What if it's not related to this project? Many people in my class got scolded for not talking about the exact same project for this part - but what if you simply can't?

Then you start talking about the organization's values and how they align with your values. Again, nothing to do necessarily with the project you began with.

There's a section about how you tell a story regarding success, but what if your project is just getting started and there's no success stories yet to tell? Again you're forced to discuss something else.

So while the questions are useful to ponder as standalone tasks, the "focus on one project from start to finish" is not necessarily useful or helpful.

Still, if you use the workbook as a general guide to improving your leadership skills, I think it's useful.
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For many leaders, The Leadership Challenge is considered the definitive text on developing not only personal leadership characteristics but inspiring leadership in your organization. Of interest is the principles can also be used to build healthy and productive family units as well.

Read the book, get this workbook, do the work, be amazed.
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A very good read about what being a leader is all about. Leaders who read this will reaffirm what they already know, believe and practice. Those wondering what it takes to be a leader will not be able to put it down. Everyone will glean knowledge from its pages. I highly recommend it.
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