August 3, 2007
When it was a initially written in 1987, few could have predicted that The Leadership Challenge would become one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. Now, faced with the new challenges of our unpredictable global business environment, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner – two of the country’s premier leadership experts – have completely revised and updated their classic book. Building on the knowledge base of their previous books, the third edition of The Leadership Challenge is grounded in extensive research and based on interviews with all kinds of leaders at all levels in public and private organizations from around the world. In this edition, the authors emphasize that the fundamentals of leadership by the same today as they were in the 1980s, and as they’ve probably been for centuries. In that sense, nothing’s new. Leadership is not a fad. While the content of leadership has not changed, the context has – and in some cases, changed dramatically.
With more than fifty percent new material and a resoundingly inspiring message, The Leadership Challenge is a “personal coach in the 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 perform at their personal best. Success is sure to follow.
James M. Kouzes is chairman emeritus of the Tom Peters Company and an executive fellow at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. Barry Z. Posner is dean of the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, and professor of leadership.
Kouzes and Posner are the co-authors of Credibility, Encouraging the Heart, and The Leadership Challenge Planner. They also developed a highly acclaimed Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) and LPI online, 360-degree assessment tools based on the Five Practices.