The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations Hardcover – Illustrated, 13 April 2017
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- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1119278961
- ISBN-13 : 978-1119278962
- Product Dimensions : 0.91 x 0.64 x 0.11 cm
- Publisher : John Wiley & Sons Inc; 6th Edition (13 April 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
"...this book is a well written piece of art, which gives the reader practical skills and tips on how to start and maintain conversations in any situation." (Nursing Times, April 2018)
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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(R)--the model that Jim and Barry derived from studying personal-best leadership experiences--continues 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.
Five practices of exemplary leadership
Model the Way - People see and key off what you do and how you role model behavior. In order to do this, you must clarify your values, understand how your values connect with the organization/group you're joining, and be humble and low-ego enough to not ask others to do work you wouldn't do yourself.
Inspire a Shared Vision - Craft a future state that is clear and compelling. It should be detailed enough that others can start to see it for themselves. The best example of this is MLK's "I have a dream" speech. Since you can't achieve much on your own, you need others to join your cause and jointly share this vision.
Challenge the Process - Every great leadership story requires overcoming some obstacles. While inertia is a strong force, you need to identify where changes in process are necessary and enact those changes. It helps to start small and build it through validation.
Enable Others to Act - Great leaders empower others to step up and become leaders themselves.
Encourage the Heart - There is an "inspiring" quality to leaders who can tap into a deep human motivation. People also being led by positive, encouraging people who make them feel valued and appreciated.
What people look for in a leader
Honesty - says what they believe to be true (not two faced), speaks the hard truths
Future thinking - spend time thinking about and the future and have a stance on where things are going
Competent - do what they say they will do
Inspiring - evoke a higher purpose
The authors help the reader understand that leaders are made and that leaders come in all shapes and sizes. Anyone who is an a managerial position really should read this book and take up the leadership challenge to move from managing to leading. You don't need to work in a business office to take advantage of the leadership challenge.
The content is clear, easy to understand and free of jargon, so anyone can read the Leadership Challenge and start working on becoming a leader..