Based on the training program by the Tom Peters Group, a leadership handbook offers guidelines for business, government, education, and communities that are based upon the changing needs of today. 75,000 first printing. Tour.
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"This book has heart. . . . I highly recommended The Leadership Challenge in 1987. I do so even more in 1995.'' (from the foreword by Tom Peters)
Practice: Challenge the process
Commitments: (1) Search for opportunities and (2) Experiment and take risks
Practice: Inspire a shared vision
Commitments: (3) Envision the future and (4) Enlist others
Practice: Enable others to act
Commitments: (5) Foster collaboration and (6) Strengthen others
Practice: Model the way to the desired objectives
Commitments: (7) Set the example and (8) Plan small wins
Practice: Encourage the heart of everyone involved
Commitments: (9) Recognize individual contribution and (10) Celebrate accomplishments
Those who conduct "360 Feedback" programs could do much worse than to base evaluations on criteria suggested by these practices and commitments. They provide the thematic infrastructure of the material which Kouzes and Posner present within seven Parts. The first introduces key concepts and terms: "Knowing What Leadership Is Really All About." Each of Parts Two-Six is devoted to one of the five Practices. Kouzes and Posner conclude with Part Seven, "The Beginning of Leadership', followed by two appendices which enable the reader to complete "The Personal Best Questionnaire" before reviewing "The Leadership Practices Inventory.Read more ›
Let's see if I am able to keep it short.
All too frequently books on the subject of leadership tend to be in the first person and read more like self-help books. Kouzes and Posner, base a number of their observations upon hard analysis or the analysis/study conducted by others. The endnotes and references could offer students of "Leadership" a roadmap to further study and discovery.
The case studies taken from interviews and seminars offered by the authors provide a "true-to-life" feel to the text, which helps distinguish it from the many, many, others that write on the subject. The authors have some experience as leaders, though rather than summarize personal experience, the reader is taken on a journey of discovery with the story of leadership being told by others. The authors are really more like guides than writers.
Thankfully we are provided a framework by which to measure leaders. "The ten traits...., or the "five characteristics....., help the student of the subject record in a systematic way the behaviors associated with leadership. That perennial question faced by all students is once again explored, albeit through the authors' eyes, "Are leaders made through dint of strife and the crucible of fire or are they born full blown as natural creatures rare and beautiful?"
Many books on this subject would be better listed under "Biography" rather than Leadership. All too frequently we encounter a recital of individual accomplishment over adversity or even success upon success. That is not the case here. This text could serve as the foundation to a course of study as it provides the "carcass" or "foundation" for a course of study. The instructor need only add antidotes, personal experience, current events and a case study or two and the "adventure" would be complete.