Summary of A Leader's Legacy

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A Leader's Legacy book summary
Leadership lessons for managers who want easy tips on inspiring their employees.


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In this easy-to-read, well-organized inspirational book, authors James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner show you in 21 short chapters what it takes to become a leader. The essays are concise and transparent, and the numerous examples will inspire anyone who needs a boost in leadership energy. Some material is repeated, basic or familiar, but the book offers a great deal of wisdom about motivational leadership and making your mark. If you'd like a short but solid manual on leadership issues to read on the airplane or over the weekend, getAbstract recommends tossing this into your carry-on or briefcase.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Which 21 qualities you should adopt to lead successfully; and
  • How to make a difference.


The Leader's Legacy
Anyone who wants to be an exceptional leader also must be a great teacher, committed to help students perform better. Teachers thrive when their students do, and good teachers solicit honest feedback about their own performance. When you are an effective teacher, you...
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About the Authors

James M. Kouzes is executive fellow at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, where Barry Z. Posner is dean and professor of leadership.

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