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The Leadership Challenge (J-B Leadership Challenge: Kouzes/Posner) [Paperback]

James M. Kouzes , Barry Z. Posner
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15 Aug 2008 J-B Leadership Challenge: Kouzes/Posner (Book 64)
The most trusted resource on becoming a leader is now updated and revised for a new generation. This leadership classic continues to be a bestseller after three editions and twenty years in print. It is the gold standard for research–based leadership, and the premier resource on becoming a leader. This new edition, with streamlined text, more international and business examples, and a graphic redesign, is more readable and accessible than ever before. The Leadership Challenge, Fourth Edition , has been extensively updated with the latest research and case studies, and offers inspiring new stories of real people achieving extraordinary results. The authors′ central theme remains the same and is more relevant today than ever: "Leadership is Everyone’s Business." Their "five practices" and "ten commitments" have been proven by hundreds of thousands of dedicated, successful leaders. This edition, with almost one–third new material, emphasizes the global community and refocuses on business leaders.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; 4th Edition edition (15 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787984922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787984922
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The management classic," ("Financial Times," Tuesday 11th September 2007) "After 20 years in print, this key publication has undergone a substantial revision for its fourth edition." ("People Management," Thursday 1st November 2007) "After three editions and 20 years in print, this leadership classic continues to be the premier resource on becoming a leader." ("Securities & Investment Review," November 2007)

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The Leadership Challenge has become one of the best–selling leadership books of all time. Now, with the publication of the fourth edition of their landmark book, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner celebrate twenty–five years of leadership excellence. The Leadership Challenge—the most trusted source on becoming a better leader—has been thoroughly updated and revised for a new generation of leaders living and working in a global environment. Building on the knowledge base of the previous books, the fourth edition is grounded in research and presents extensive interviews with a diverse group of leaders at all levels in a wide variety of organizations from around the world. The authors emphasize that the fundamentals of leadership are not a fad. While the context of leadership has changed dramatically, the content of leadership has endured the test of time. With scores of new case studies and a timeless and inspiring message, The Leadership Challenge is a "personal coach in a book," guiding readers through the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®. When leaders understand that leadership is a relationship and 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 a lifetime of success and significance. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
I first read this book in 2002 before proceeding to James Kouzes and Barry Posner's more recently published Encouraging the Heart. I highly recommend both and suggest that they be read in the order in which they were written. What we have here is the latest edition, recently published. As Kouzes and Posner explain in their Preface, "we did decide we needed to go on a diet. Each succeeding edition tended to put on a little weight -- feature creep, as they say in the technology business." For those who are curious to know, nothing in the co-authors' continuing research since the first edition has as yet revealed a "magical sixth practice that will revolutionize the practice of leadership."

Those of us who presume to review books such as this one can merely suggest their breadth and depth of substance as well as their stimulation of thought about the material presented. For example, Kouzes and Posner identify what they call "five leadership practices common to successful leaders" and then suggest ten "behavioral commitments" among those leaders studied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive book on Leadership... 2 Sep 2009
This book was recommended to me by Dr Martyn Newman, author of Emotional Capitalists.

Thoroughly researched, it crystallises what are the key components of Leadership, providing a model for leaders to benchmark themselves.

I have recommended this book and Jim's presentations on youtube to many colleagues and clients and in almost every case there have been nuggets to take away to validate what they are already doing/who they are being as leaders and what they can action to take themselves to the next level.

If you're looking for a definitive book on Leadership, this is it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 4 May 2013
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This is an excellent book if you are studying leadership. It provides a critical evaluation and some good quotes to use in revision.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality 3 Oct 2011
By JM2011
The book came within good time and was of perfect condition! No issues with the book, great price for students.
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