From the bestselling authors of The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations (J-B Leadership Challenge: Kouzes/Posner) The Leadership Challenge and over a dozen award-winning leadership titles, Learning Leadership is a new book from James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner that answers the fundamental question: How do people create the conditions to become significantly better leaders?
Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader is a comprehensive guide to unleashing the inner-leader in us all and to building a solid foundation for a lifetime of leadership growth and mastery. The book offers a concrete framework to help individuals of all levels, functions and backgrounds take charge of their own leadership development and become the best leaders they can.
Arguing that all individuals are born with the capacity to lead, Kouzes and Posner provide readers with a practical series of actions and specific coaching tips for harnessing that capacity and creating a context in which they can excel.
According to Kouzes and Posner:
“Leadership makes a significant difference in levels of engagement and commitment and is perhaps the most important asset in every organisation, yet recent research points to a shortage of leaders. It is a serious global concern. The world needs more exemplary leaders in order to promote high-performing workplaces and inspire feelings of greater self-worth and meaningfulness.
This shortage is not because of the lack of potential talent. The people are out there, the eagerness is out there, and the capability is out there. The shortage results from prevailing myths—myths about talent, strengths, position, self-reliance, and effort—that inhibit the vast majority of leaders from shining and organisations from realising the full benefits of the talent they already have.”
Emerging leaders, coaches, trainers and human resource professionals will learn the fundamentals for becoming the best leaders they can be through first-hand stories and practical examples.
Kouzes and Posner offer unrivaled insights into what it means to become an exemplary leader in today’s world with their original research and over three decades of experience studying the practices of personal-best leadership. They show that anyone can become a better leader if they believe in themselves, aspire to excel, challenge themselves to grow, engage the support of others and practice deliberately.
Learning Leadership is divided into digestible bite-sized chapters that encourage daily actions to becoming a better leader. It challenges readers to do the meaningful and disciplined work necessary to becoming the best they can, using a new mindset and toolkit that can make extraordinary things happen. It’s not the once-in-a-while transformational acts that demonstrate leadership. It’s the little things every day that pave the path to greatness.
About the authors:
James M. Kouzes is the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, and lectures on leadership around the world to corporations, governments, and nonprofits.
Barry Z. Posner is Accolti Endowed Professor of Leadership and former Dean (1997-2009) of the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. An accomplished scholar, he provides leadership workshops and seminars around the world.
Kouzes and Posner have been working together for more than 30 years, studying leaders, researching leadership, conducting leadership development seminars, and serving as leaders themselves in various capacities. They are coauthors of the award-winning, best-selling book The Leadership Challenge. Since its first edition in 1987, The Leadership Challenge has sold more than two million copies worldwide and is available in more than 21 languages.
The following video reviews the renowned book The Leadership Challenge: