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- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (July 16 2010)
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“The leadership truths Kouzes and Posner lay out have not only endured the test of time but are even more relevant now in a world transformed by Twittering Millennials. Buy copies for yourself, your boss, and also for leaders of your organization.”
—CHARLENE LI, author of Open Leadership, and founder, Altimeter Group
“The Truth About Leadership provides some of the best practical advice on leadership I’ve read in a long time. If you have not read Kouzes and Posner and you manage people, shame on you. Start here. If you have read their work and your workplace needs a shot in the arm, you’ll find this book a quick, engaging jewel that will help you become a more trusted, credible, and valued leader.”
—ADRIAN GOSTICK, author of The Carrot Principle
“I’ve always been a big proponent of simple truths. That’s why I love the new book from Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, The Truth About Leadership. Jim and Barry spell out ten fundamental truths about leadership and every one of them is right on. If you want to do a fact check on your leadership expertise, read this book!”
—KEN BLANCHARD, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level
“Regardless of your experience, age, generation, or life stage, The Truth About Leadership will remind you of the vital role leaders play in our lives, renew your interest in understanding what makes a leader great, and rekindle your desire to be an inspiring leader yourself.”
—LYNNE LANCASTER, coauthor of When Generations Collide and The M-Factor
“Elegant in its simplicity and powerful in its depth, The Truth About Leadership dazzles the reader with evidence-based knowledge and practical inspiration This is that one in a million book that serves to pull an entire field together for the reader. No matter how many books you’ve read on leadership, you will better understand each of them after reading this remarkable book.”
—COLONEL TOM KOLDITZ, PhD, professor, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and author of In Extremis Leadership
“This is a book a leader should put on his or her nightstand and read a chapter a night to refresh on what is important from a leadership perspective.”
—STEPHEN ALMASSY, Global Vice Chair, OCA/Industry, Ernst & Young Global Limited
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Praise for The Truth About Leadership
"This book cuts through the clutter and reminds us of what really matters. The introduction alone is worth the price of the book."Patrick Lencioni, president, The Table Group, and author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and Getting Naked
"The leadership truths Kouzes and Posner lay out have not only endured the test of time but are even more relevant now in a world transformed by Twittering Millennials. Buy copies for yourself, your boss, and also for the up-and-coming leaders of your organization." Charlene Li, author, Open Leadership, and founder, Altimeter Group
"Elegant in its simplicity and powerful in its depth, The Truth About Leadership dazzles.... This is that one-in-a-million book that serves to pull an entire field together for the reader. No matter how many books you've read on leadership, you will better understand each of them after reading this remarkable book." Colonel Tom Kolditz, PhD, professor, US Military Academy at West Point, and author, In Extremis Leadership
"This is a book every leader should put on his or her nightstand and read a chapter a night."Stephen Almassy, global vice chair, Ernst & Young Global Limited
"Regardless of your experience, age, generation, or life stage, The Truth About Leadership will remind you of the vital role leaders play in our lives, renew your interest in understanding what makes a leader great, and rekindle your desire to be an inspiring leader yourself." Lynne Lancaster, coauthor, When Generations Collide and The M-Factor
"The Truth About Leadership provides some of the best practical advice on leadership I've read in a long time. If you have not read Kouzes and Posner and you manage people, shame on you.
Start here. If you have read their work and your workplace needs a shot in the arm, you'll find this book a quick, engaging jewel that will help you become a more trusted, credible, and valued leader."Adrian Gostick, author, The Carrot Principle--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Excellent book, recommended to everyone
Dans celui-ci, ils recyclent le contenu de leurs ouvrages précédents.
Au total, beaucoup de lieux communs, de nombreuses anecdotes plus ou moins convaincantes, peu d'apports nouveaux.
Il vaut mieux lire, des mêmes auteurs, "le défi du leadership", par exemple.
Patrick Lencioni rightly says, "This book cuts through the clutter and reminds us of what really matters." Kouzes and Posner immerse their readers in to fundamental leadership truths:
Truth # 1: You make a difference
Truth # 2: Credibility is the foundation of leadership
Truth # 3: Values drive commitment
Truth # 4: Focusing on the future sets leaders apart
Truth # 5: You can't do it alone
Truth # 6: Trust rules
Truth # 7: Challenge is the crucible for greatness
Truth # 8: You will lead by example or you don't lead at all
Truth # 9: The best leaders are the best learners
Truth # 10: Leadership is an affair of the heart
Once again, the authors are quick to point out the necessity of credible leadership that empowers and inspires people. I cannot recommend this book high enough. However, my encouragement is to read Kounzes' and Posner's earlier works before tackling this one.
One of the main premises in the book is: "We tell our audiences that as much as the context of leadership has changes, the content of leadership has not changed much at all. The fundamental behaviors, actions, and practices of leaders have remained essentially the same since we first began researching and writing about leadership over three decades ago. Much has changed, but there's a whole lot more that's stayed the same."
The authors then go on to introduce the ten truths:
1- You make a difference
2- Credibility is the foundation of leadership
3- Values drive commitment
4- Focusing on the future sets leaders apart
5- You can't do it alone
6- Trust the rules
7- Challenge is the crucible for greatness
8- You either lead by example or you don't lead at all
9- The best leaders are the best learners
10- Leadership is an affair of the heart
What sets this book apart is the amount of research set forth to bring forward these conclusions in a concise and direct manner. The truths are further supported by stories to further exemplify the behaviors and attributes of leadership. A must read in the area of leadership and remember: "Leadership can be learned"!
Below are some excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:
1- "Leadership is not about who you are or where you come from. It's about what you do."
2- "The five practices of exemplary leadership...1- Model the way 2- Inspire a shared vision 3- Challenge the process 4- Enable others to act 5- Encourage the Heart."
3- "Before they are going to voluntarily heed your advice, take your direction, accept your guidance, trust your judgement, agree to your recommendations, buy your products, support your ideas, and implement your strategies, people expect that you will measure up to these criteria."
4- "The capacity to imagine and articulate exciting future possibilities is the defining competence of leaders. Leaders are custodians of the future. They are concerned about tomorrow's world and those who will inherit it."
5- "Here are four actions to keep in mind (trust): Behave predictably and consistently...Communicate clearly...Treat promises seriously...Be forthright and candid."
6- "This means that you need to find a goal that can sustain your interest and the interest of those around you, for some considerable time. To be the most successful, you and your constituents must have a passion for a purpose and the perseverance to hang with it for the long term. This focus gives meaning to sticking through the hard times and to dealing with the often-inevitable disappointments and setbacks that accompany any significant significant accomplishment."
7- "Leadership can be learned. It is an observable pattern of practices and behaviors, and a definable set of skills and abilities. Skills can be learned, and when we track the progress of people who participate in leadership development programs, we observe that they improve over time. They learn to be better leaders as long as they engage in activities that help them learn how."
Good study book for small groups.