Summary of Learning Leadership

The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader

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Learning Leadership book summary
Everyone leads, and anyone can achieve leadership greatness.


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Frequent leadership authors James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner will convince you that exemplary leaders make themselves great – not because of their DNA or “natural talent” – but because they work hard. Kouzes and Posner back up their claims with extensive references to current research. Their manual aims mostly at helping you on your journey to effective leadership. The authors lay out five fundamentals of leadership supported by about a dozen practices culled from their rich experience. They constantly repeat these fundamentals – self-belief, reliance on others, lifelong learning, servant leadership, authenticity and practice – to drive their message home. getAbstract recommends their insights and practices to new supervisors and managers, and to anyone who develops leaders.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why “exemplary leadership” makes an enormous difference to organizational success and people’s lives, and
  • What five fundamental practices you must perform to become an exemplary leader.


Everyone Leads
Today, millennial workers entering the workforce will find scant corporate commitment to their development. This lack of training will worsen the current worldwide shortage of exemplary leaders who can create “shared values” and “vision.” Such leaders take risks, seek challenges...
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About the Authors

James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner teach business at Santa Clara University. They co-wrote The Leadership Challenge, a business leadership classic.

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    Jie Wang 4 months ago
    #30DaysOfSummaries This is an encouraging article which makes everybody feel it possible to develop the leadership. The counsel is practical, and anybody who wants to develop good leadership should try it.
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    Ashish Agarwal 4 months ago
    I think the book is about learning leadership and does a good enough job at putting together apt material for such an objective. Some learn better than others, and some are inherently inclined to excel so leadership happens naturally as well.
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    Crystalrose Romero 5 months ago
    I love the drawn out "Five Fundamentals" makes understanding everything easier.
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    Gerard Joseph 6 months ago
    I believe that everyone can lead but I do not believe that everyone can become a great leader. I think the key to exemplary achievement is to focus on what you can be great at and let the great leaders do what they do. The "Five Fundamentals" can help achieve exemplary performance in any direction your natural talents take you; in fact they are essential, but greatness in leadership without natural leadership inclination? I remain skeptical.
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    Khairuddin Sarif 7 months ago
    very nice

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