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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,147 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner Narrator: James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The J-B Leadership Challenge / Kouzes & Posner Series Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781596599017
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The Leadership Challenge has become one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. Now with the publication of the fourth edition of their landmark book and for the first time on audio, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner celebrate twenty-five years of leadership excellence.

The Leadership Challenge, the most trusted source on becoming a better leader, has been thoroughly updated and revised for a new generation of leaders living and working in a global environment. Building on the knowledge base of the previous books, this fourth edition is grounded in research and presents extensive interviews with a diverse group of leaders at all levels in a wide variety of organizations from around the world. The authors emphasize that the fundamentals of leadership are not a fad. While the context of leadership has changed dramatically, the content of leadership has endured the test of time.

With scores of new case studies and a timeless and inspiring message, The Leadership Challenge is a “personal coach in a book,” guiding listeners through the five practices of exemplary leadership. When leaders understand that leadership is a relationship and they begin to engage in the five practices, they are better able to embark on a lifetime of success and significance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For those who lead others or aspire to lead others, The Leadership Challenge is the indispensable guidebook.” 

    Frances Hesselbein, chairman, Leader to Leader Institute

  • “They teach the specific skills that each of us needs to be good leaders and better people.” 

    David A. Peterson, president and CEO, O.C. Tanner Company

  • “The authors use many examples from work situations to demonstrate application. In a field in which many books are available, this one is readable, interesting, and up-to-date. Highly recommended for collections serving business executives and students.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Leadership books are a dime a dozen and most don’t last a week, let alone years…Believe me, Jim and Barry have hard evidence for what we usually think of as a soft topic.” 

    Tom Peters, management guru, founder, and chairman, Tom Peters Company, and author of In Search of Excellence

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 2/8/2014

    " had to read it for a training course. i hate leadership books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 2/3/2014

    " For those of us in the working world there is a lot to gain from this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody Mc. | 2/3/2014

    " I've read a lot of leadership books, but this is genuinely the best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindi | 1/31/2014

    " Pretty timeless book on leadership "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Beasley | 1/27/2014

    " The Leadership Challenge is not just a book for those at the top of leadership. It is one for anyone who finds herself in any role of leadership, formal or informal. I motivate people more effectively after reading this book. I will break it down a section at a time and dig as deep as I can on this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darrell | 1/25/2014

    " One of the best leadership books I have ever read. Very good and highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan Stasiak | 1/20/2014

    " "The secret to success is to stay in love." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 1/17/2014

    " Best book on Leadership ever. period. And I've read tons of them. Can easily be applied to any situation in which you find yourself leading others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexa | 1/15/2014

    " Read for the Leadership Series book club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayson | 12/15/2013

    " I had to read part of this book for my graduate class. It has good info in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher Rogers | 11/25/2013

    " Some good research in this book, but I feel like there is too much exposition in between. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Licata | 11/18/2013

    " good info, too long by 100 pages for the content "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grant Weaver | 10/19/2013

    " I listened to this on CD, I kinda read it, good information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 irfan darian | 9/11/2013

    " A good read for those seeking to be elucidated with the challenges of leadership, regardless whether you are promoted to a new position of leadership, or for those who are not new to the role. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lady Salford | 8/12/2013

    " it was required reading for a course, but I really thought it was interesting and quite insightful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 6/17/2013

    " Simplistic writing, and unoriginal ideas. I had to read this for a class called "The Art of Leadership." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick Mccabe | 1/16/2013

    " A must read for any person who is committed to learn how to be a better leader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 11/6/2012

    " This book is terrific. Very inspiring especially in today's workplace. It is just awesome! Highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kwame Davis | 10/7/2012

    " one of the best books on leadership ever read - long but very useful "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kely | 9/8/2011

    " Good leaders have a vision and can communicate that to others. If your team cannot envision where they want to be, they can not get there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Bell | 7/14/2011

    " Good information; I enjoyed the course that went with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 4/29/2011

    " Great book packed with tons of helpful information, some of which is common sense and seemed to repeat themes towards the end of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 2/1/2011

    " Excellent book for mature business leaders who have relevant experience to apply it to. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristina | 1/18/2011

    " Read for Leadership class I'm taking at work. Good concepts but very hard to get through. The concept of being a credible leader kept getting lots. Could have communicated the information in a lot fewer words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob | 4/1/2009

    " I am still reading. This book is about becoming a leader particularly in the Business world. However it can be applied to any part of like. It goes into the psychology of why and how leaders gain and loose Credibility. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 2/22/2009

    " Makes you think about the ripple effect your actions will have on others. Based on a longitudinal study of what employees want to see in their leaders. Easy read with some really great points. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Luke | 2/13/2009

    " Reads like a textbook. At some point you don't care about the content anymore and just want it to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teagan | 6/8/2008

    " for all those leaders out there... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 4/8/2008

    " Overall, this book gives an in-depth consideration to the topic of credibility in leadership with a lot of cool discussions about stuff like the language of leadership, the disciplines of credibility, the difference credibility makes and the need for relationship-based leadership. "

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About the Author
JAMES M. KOUZES is chairman emeritus of the Tom Peters Company, a leadership development firm. A popular seminar and conference speaker, he has been cited by the The Wall Street Journal as one of the 12 most requested "non-university executive-education providers" to US companies.

BARRY Z. POSNER is Dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. He has served on several boards (both corporate and non-profit) and on the faculty of numerous executive education programs. He has published over 80 articles and sits on the editorial boards of several journals.
About the Narrator
JAMES M. KOUZES is chairman emeritus of the Tom Peters Company, a leadership development firm. A popular seminar and conference speaker, he has been cited by the The Wall Street Journal as one of the 12 most requested "non-university executive-education providers" to US companies.

BARRY Z. POSNER is Dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. He has served on several boards (both corporate and non-profit) and on the faculty of numerous executive education programs. He has published over 80 articles and sits on the editorial boards of several journals.