Summary of The Leadership Challenge

How to Keep Getting Extraordinary Things Done in Organizations

Jossey-Bass,
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The Leadership Challenge book summary
Leadership is for the many, not the few.

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9 Overall

10 Applicability

9 Innovation

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James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner’s remarkable guide debunks the myth of the leader as a maverick rather than a team player. It also tackles the image of the leader as a special breed. Indeed, the book’s basic premise is that there are certain critical and identifiable skills that most anyone can learn and adopt in order to become an effective leader. The authors spell out these skill sets, and list the guiding principles that leaders should follow and represent to their organizations. The seminal book is a mile deep and a mile wide. getabstract recommends this excellent manual to all current and future leaders.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why almost everything taught about leadership in traditional management circles is wrong
  • How leaders motivate others by delegating responsibility
  • Why love may be the best-kept leadership secret
 

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Mastering Leadership
Abraham Lincoln once characterized the leader’s lonely job this way: "If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference." Leadership...
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About the Authors

James M. Kouzes  is the CEO and chairman of Tom Peters Group/Learning Systems. Barry Z. Posner  is dean of Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business and Administration. IndustryWeek magazine named their previous book, Credibility , as one of the best business books of 1993. The authors are also frequent speakers and corporate consultants to 3M, AT&T, Kodak and many other organizations.


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    Anna Katrina Pagsibigan 2 months ago
    Passion. I love this part, it will and can be challenging but rewarding in the end: It’s your job as leader to restore the heart of your organization and encourage your constituents to carry onward.
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    Anna Katrina Pagsibigan 2 months ago
    Passion. I love this part, it will and can be challenging but rewarding in the end: It’s your job as leader to restore the heart of your organization and encourage your constituents to carry onward.
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    Antonio Zenmar Lecaros 2 months ago
    "breathe life into their hopes
    and dreams"
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    Jennine Lupa 3 months ago
    This is my favorite part. Study your failures as carefully as your successes, and encourage people to think of solutions, not obstacles. I have experienced this process in many ways and I think a good leader focuses on solutions.
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    Reynaldo Salido Jr 5 months ago
    Notable part for me,

    "It’s not enough to talk the talk - your followers will watch to see if you walk the walk as well."

    Good read. :)
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    Elpidio Galagate, III 11 months ago
    Best line ever - Leadership is a process, not a position. It is not about the Title, it's all about responsibilities and that is to challenge the process, inspire a shared vision, enable others to act, set an example and encourage the heart.
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    Scarlet Faith Toledo 1 year ago
    I love this part - People often get frustrated and exhausted during the climb towards excellence because this is an arduous process. People may be tempted to give up along the way. - I have experienced this numerous times and there were a lot of times when I feel like I just want to give up, but my leaders help me look at the bigger picture and focus on the goal.
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    Phillip Lee 2 years ago
    I loved the idea that leaders should not seek to control resources, material and personnel as this will lead to people not achieving excellence. It is best to seek an understanding of how to use these things to achieve organizational goals and not seek to control or hinder them.

    Challenging the status quo has always been a firm belief of mine. We should not continue the same way of doing something just because "We've always done it that way." Seek to challenge and innovate in order to make the process more improved.

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