- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (August 18, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780787982966
- ISBN-13: 978-0787982966
- ASIN: 0787982962
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have done it again! In clear, conciseessays filled with wisdom and insight, they set the standard ofwhat leaders need to be in order to excel in the twenty-firstcentury, starting with the legacy that they want to leave behind.A Leader's Legacy is a must-read, not just for those at thetop of organizations but for anyone at any level who aspires to bea leader."
—Bill George, former chairman and CEO, Medtronic; author,Authentic Leadership
"This superb book defies conventional wisdom in favor of beingtruly wise. In chapters such as ‘Leaders Should Wantto Be Liked’ and ‘Failure Is Always an Option,’Kouzes and Posner portray leaders on a human scale, openingleadership to anyone who is willing to be fully human. That, ofcourse, is a challenge! And yet the style of this book—withits stories of well-grounded leaders and its engagingconversational prose—encourages the reader to live into andup to that challenge. A Leader's Legacy will surely becomekey to the literary legacy that its authors have been leaving intheir wake over the past twenty-five years."
—Parker J. Palmer, author, The Courage to Teach, A HiddenWholeness, and Let Your Life Speak
"In their new book, Kouzes and Posner provide a badly neededsupplement to all those other books on leadership. First, theydon’t just say that everyone can be aleader—that oft-repeated bromide is little more than acliché now. They demonstrate (with good examples) how true andimportant the idea is. And second (again with effective examples)they make ‘leadership’ something that will interest notjust ‘organizational’ types but anyone who hopes tomake a difference in the world."
—William Bridges, author, Transitions and ManagingTransition
"A Leader’s Legacy is an indispensable dailyreference for leaders at every level of every enterprise.Legacy is a gift to leaders of today, to leaders of thefuture."
—Frances Hesselbein, chairman, Leader to Leader Institute
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- "We're (leaders) presented with the chance to change a life."
- "Nothing really significant can ever be achieved unless people feel appreciated by their leader."
- "Extraordinary achievements never bloom in barren and unappreciate settings."
- "Leadership requires a resonant connection with others over matters of the heart."
- "Leadership is personal."
- "If you have people working for you in leadership roles who truly don't care if other people don't like them, THEN FIRE THEM." (emphasis I added)
My personal favorites, which just emphasized that my intuition was right along...
- "It's about intimacy. It's about familiarity. It's about empathy. The kind of communication needed to enlist others in a common vision requires understanding constiuents at a much deeper level than we normally find comfortable. It requires understanding others' strongest yearnings and their deepest fears. It requires a profound awareness of their joys and their sorrows. It requires experiencing life as they experience it."
- "When was the last time I fought for a value that I cherished? When was the last time I was resolute in the face of stern resistance? And we also have to ask ourselves am I ready for my next RPM (Rosa Parks Moment)?"
This is one of those books that should be in every new manager's library and every manager that has been leading for more than five years. It will give you great ideas to start and will bring you back to what made you successful. But, it also challenges you to try new ideas and learn from your mistakes, as well as others. BUY THIS BOOK!
The book was on target when it said that leaders are in the position to serve. I find myself asking my staff what is impeding them from completing their work. I see myself as responsible for removing those impediments.
The book also indicates that a true leader is effective when he or she understands his or her goals and these goals are in alignment with his or her organization's goals. While it is a safe statement, it has a lot of truth to it.
downloaded this one because I've been pondering the concept of leadership legacies. It broadened my ways of thinking. Even though there were no "new ideas" on the leadership behaviors I already try to embrace, there were startling ideas on legacy, because collaborative visionary leadership was totally reframed with compassion at the core. A great barometer for gauging how we're doing as leaders.