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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 5th Edition edition (21 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470651725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470651728
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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′One of the most trusted sources on leadership techniques since its first publication 25 years ago. (European CEO, 1st August 2012)

If you re forward–looking enough to be serious about yourself as a competent leader, you need this book
(Supply Management, December 2012)

.now in its fifth edition and rightly so. The book presents the issues of leadership in an easy–to–digest manner, debunking the myth that leadership is some entity that people have or don t have (Professional Manager, March 2013)

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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 global 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 important, that it can be learned.

The world and the workplace have changed dramatically since the first edition of The Leadership Challenge went to press, and through over 100 all–new case studies and firsthand accounts, Jim and Barry explore the toughest organizational challenges leaders face today. Yet while the context of leadership has changed dramatically, the content of leadership has endured the test of time. The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® remain not only relevant today but critical to a leader′s success. Kouzes and Posner′s research reveals that when leaders understand that leadership is a relationship and when they begin to engage in The Five Practices Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart they are better able to embark on their lifelong journey of success and significance. By exploring The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership in action around the world, Jim and Barry offer fresh insight into the changes in how people work and what people want from their work.

An indispensable resource for leaders at all levels, this anniversary edition of The Leadership Challenge is a landmark update and must–read for anyone looking to be a better leader and make extraordinary things happen.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Green on 8 Sept. 2012
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I've been working with the development framework provided by Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner for 25 years. The Leadership Challenge books and the associated 360 survey tool provides a practical and well researched tool for developing both ones own and others leadership skills. Leadership is both observable and learnable. The 5th edition adds to that body of knowledge with new case studies, more international examples and data as well as new research into positive workplace attitudes and the relationship between leadership behaviours and workplace attitudes. Need to convince someone to invest in leadership development - give them a copy of this book today!
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By Mike Stevenson VINE VOICE on 7 Nov. 2014
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The book has always been very well thought of - with good reason - and this update is excellent, it really brings it into the modern era. As per the title, it's very much focused on leadership, rather than management - and it shouldn't be seen as only having relevance to members of a senior management team. As the authors put it, "it is the work of leaders to inspire people to do things differently, to struggle against uncertain odds, and to persevere towards a misty image of a better future"; I couldn't agree more, and everyone - whether you manage others or not - can show leadership. The values expounded here will show you how, if you take them seriously.

Having just completed an MBA, I used this tome for quite a few citations and references, and it informed a lot of my thinking around leadership - it's just as relevant as it always was, with the update even more so. You're unlikely to need many other books on leadership during your career.
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By Jago Wells VINE VOICE on 7 Feb. 2014
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Author's James Kouzes, Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, and Barry Posner,Professor of Leadership and former Dean (1997-2009) of the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University have produced a revised,25th anniversary, 400+ page blockbuster of a book which has been regarded in many areas, as a modern classic. Addressing the multifarious aspects of management across the globe, the authors take on the problems which many in management encounter in their fields of responsibility, and offer empirical evidence as to how others in management have addressed and vanquished these problems. For those operating in a global field, Kouzes and Posner look at the cultural variances in management style and how those dislocated from a particular culture can get around the often impenetrable nuances within that market. A useful reference work for managers everywhere.
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Tried and tested for over 25 years, but rewritten, updated and refreshed, this book is still current for today's environment. It features over 100 case studies and examples, which show The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership in action: 1) Model the way 2) Inspire a shared vision 3) Challenge the process 4) Enable others to act 5) Encourage the heart

Having been gradually pushed into more and more leadership roles, I am currently reading quite a few books and articles, and this is undoubtedly is an invaluable book. It not only focuses on some of the toughest organisational challenges in leadership today but also addresses challenges in how people work and what they want from work. It links issues with a practical and pragmatic approach whilst at the same time providing the academic context.
Definitely a very interesting and useful read!
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I read this book first many years ago and it is a good, solid business management guide and it's ideas are still relevant- and fresh- today in many ways. This 5th edition adds some new case studies, is a bit less 'Americocentric' and more international in outlook. It also looks at the changing workplace, the dynamics within it and the relationships between the workplace and the behaviour of its leadership.

All good stuff in a shortish book that can be easily absorbed and also I think, with pointers that can be adapted to areas of life outside of business. Worth a read.
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I enjoyed the case studies as I do like reading about success. I have a small business and am reading everything I can about leadership and management. Although this book reads like there is a lot in it, I did not get any light-bulb moments - it simply didn't seem relevant to the issues I want to deal with.

Perhaps this book is more suited to corporate-types rather than small-business owners. I did enjoy the stories in this book but the "How to" that is promised in the title of the book is definitely missing.
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By Supertzar on 28 Jun. 2013
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I've read a lot of business leadership books - and experienced a fair bit of business leadership. Unlike a lot of newer books, this feels like the definitive, no-nonsense original fount of knowledge. The examples are clear, the text easy to follow, the subject matter relevant and the tone just right.

Not only is the book good on the theory of leadership, it's also very practical with plenty of actionable ideas and suggestions to try and incorporate into your leadership style. Thoroughly recommended.
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By Roger Sharp VINE VOICE on 10 May 2014
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This is one of the most important books on leadership. if not THE most important. For anyone with any pretentions of being a leader is simply indispensable. Although this is a thoroughly updated edition (It was first published 25 years ago) it's a reminder that although the skills required to be a leader do change at the margins over time at the core there are some in-alienable truths that hold good.

"The One Minute Leader" it is not, but it's still written in a style that easy on the eye.
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