- Series: J-B Leadership Challenge: Kouzes/Posner
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 6 edition (April 17, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1119278961
- ISBN-13: 978-1119278962
- Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations (J-B Leadership Challenge: Kouzes/Posner) 6th Edition
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Since it was first published in 1987, The Leadership Challenge has become the gold-standard on becoming an exemplary leader. Well-grounded in research and written by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, the premier authorities in the field, this essential resource has sold over 2.5 million copies and has been translated into more than 20 languages. Filled with deep insight into the complex interpersonal dynamics of mobilizing others to achieve shared aspirations, the sixth edition of the classic bestseller describes the practices that individuals must learn and the relationships that they must cultivate in order to engage constituents and create great workplaces.
Revised to address current challenges with updated cases, this edition includes numerous international examples and perspectives from a variety of disciplines and industries. The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®the model that Jim and Barry derived from studying personal-best leadership experiencescontinues to prove its validity as a clear, evidence-based path to achieving the extraordinary for individuals, teams, organizations, and communities. Real-life examples of the behaviors that all leaders at all levels demonstrate when they are at their personal best are provided, and the book clearly shows that leadership is not about personality; it's about an observable and learnable set of skills and abilities. The Leadership Challenge, Sixth Edition, turns the abstract concept of leadership into easy-to-grasp actions and behaviors that can be learned by anyone willing to step up and accept the challenge to lead.
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The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, the author's model that is based on millions of actual leader assessments, have changed many lives around the world, including mine. Reading others' stories inspires readers to take the plunge and liberate the leader inside themselves. For those already steeped in this work, this edition is very shareable with clear and compelling illustrations to showcase important research. For those who are new to leadership development, there simply isn't a better starting point. It's impossible to read this book without recognizing yourself in it and being stirred to stretch toward your fullest potential.
Tom Peters wrote the foreword. My first underlinings are in the preface, and there are so many little post-it tabs stuck in the sides that it looks like a yellow forest. Each of those tabs represents one or more underlinings of a key idea.
The Leadership Challenge is truly a business book classic. But as amazing as the book I own is, and as much value as I’ve gotten from it, it’s not the book I go to today when I’m looking for a comprehensive overview of how leaders work in organizations. For that, I go to the 6th edition of this same book. The 6th edition is a different book from the 1st edition, and it’s a better book. It’s the result of what the authors have learned along the way. Here’s the way they put it.
“With each new edition, we get clearer about the leadership actions that make a difference. We reiterate what's still important, discard what's not, and add what's new. We contemporize the framework and freshen up the language and point of view so that the book is highly relevant to current circumstances and conditions. And, we are more authoritatively prescriptive about the best practices of leaders. The more we research and write about leadership, the more confident we become that leadership is within the grasp of everyone. The opportunities for leadership are boundless and boundaryless.”
Most business book classics are written once, and then stay pretty much the same forever. They’re classics because they continue to deliver value. This book is different because the authors have taken the time, made the commitment, and done the work to make each edition better than the last. If there’s a 7th edition, I’ll buy it.