Summary of The Truth about Leadership

The No-fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know

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The Truth about Leadership book summary
Get the essence of leadership – in 10 timeless rules – from a team of bestselling authors and leadership experts.


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This straightforward guide by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, titans in the executive leadership field, reviews decades of research. The authors distill that research into 10 laws of successful leadership. They write plainly and use examples to convince you that leadership doesn’t start with technology or innovation. Instead, you’ll learn that leaders need to believe in themselves, build relationships and trust, know their own values, and never stop learning. The book throws in lessons about behaviors you need, attitudes you should cultivate and actions to take as you ascend any leadership mountain. For managers big and small, leaders-in-waiting and anyone interested in the soul of leadership, getAbstract suggests this quick and easy read.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the essence of leadership success doesn’t change,
  • What “10 truths” stand the test of time to form the core of leadership and
  • How to incorporate these unchanging leadership laws into your life.


Distilling Leadership to Its Essence
Changes in economies, technologies and workplaces have transformed the details and “context” of leading. But the essential fundamentals – the systems, actions and attitudes – of leadership remain intact. Supporting data reveal these “10 truths” about...
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About the Authors

James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, business professors at California’s Santa Clara University, are a top executive educational team. Their other works include bestsellers The Leadership Challenge, A Leader’s Legacy, Encouraging the Heart and The Leadership Challenge Workbook.

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