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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 several fundamentals of leadership supported by about a dozen practices culled from their rich experience. They repeat these fundamentals – self-belief, a drive for excellence,  on others, lifelong learning, servant leadership, authenticity and practice – to drive their message home. getAbstract recommends their insights and practices to new supervisors, seasoned managers and anyone who develops leaders.

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.



Everyone Leads

Today, millennial workers entering the workforce often 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 and seize the initiative. They rally others to their cause by creating trust, helping people develop and recognizing good work. Wise executives at the top of today’s firms worry about having enough exemplary leaders to meet their corporation’s demands.

Lower trust in leaders adds to the current leadership crisis. But anyone, at any level or rank or with any title, can learn to build trust, gain followers and lead effectively. Everyone leads, and most leaders use at least some of the best practices and core principles associated with “exemplary leadership.” The consistency as well as the frequency of that usage marks the difference between adequate leaders and brilliant ones. Sadly, most individuals lead tentatively and sporadically.

People achieve leadership greatness by wanting it badly enough and by digging into “deliberate practice,” constant learning...

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    F. H. 2 weeks ago
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    G. K. 1 month ago
    very nice
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    I. B. 3 years ago
    Nothing new
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    j. w. 4 years 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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    A. A. 4 years 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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    C. R. 4 years ago
    I love the drawn out "Five Fundamentals" makes understanding everything easier.
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    G. J. 4 years 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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    K. S. 4 years ago
    very nice