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The Leadership Challenge, 5th Edition

The 25th anniversary edition of the bestselling business classic, completely revised and updated!

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"This is perhaps the most comprehensive field guide ever written for leaders. It has been a key part of my personal journey as a leader for years."
—Patrick Lencioni, president, The Table Group; bestselling author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage
"Now in its fifth edition, The Leadership Challenge has stood the test of time for good reason: it's quite simply one of the best books you'll ever read on leadership."
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One Minute Manager® and Great Leaders Grow
"The Leadership Challenge remains one of the five best books I have ever read. Twenty-five years after its first publication, I still recommend it to others looking to improve as leaders."
John C. Maxwell, leadership expert; author, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

The most trusted source on becoming a better leader

The world and the workplace have changed dramatically since the first edition of The Leadership Challenge went to press 25 years ago. Yet while the context of leadership may have changed, the content of leadership has endured the test of time. And in this much-anticipated fifth edition of their classic work, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner bring current the research and personal best leadership experiences of ordinary people around the world achieving extraordinary things. Over 100 all-new case studies and first hand accounts explore the toughest organizational challenges leaders face today and continue to confirm that The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® remain both relevant and critical to a leader’s success.

Passionate about leadership and the potential within us all to become exemplary leaders, Jim and Barry have spent over three decades together researching, teaching, and writing about what great leaders do. They’ve also had the good fortune to interview thousands of leaders around the world—representing some of the more than 3 million people who have used The Leadership Challenge to help them reach for their personal best. And they’ve distilled all of that wisdom and experience down to five clear Practices available to all who accept the challenge to lead.

The Leadership Challenge takes the complexity out of leadership as it illustrates through inspiring stories what the research continues to reveal: when leaders understand that leadership is a relationship and they engage in The Five Practices—Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart—they are significantly better able to achieve their own personal best and turn followers into leaders, too.

More than two million people worldwide have read this BusinessWeek bestseller, in over 20 languages, and tapped into the action plans, strategies, and case studies that give enduring wisdom and practical insights for exemplary leading. Now with an ever-expanding lens to view how leadership is practiced in more regions of the world than before, this thoroughly updated new edition casts the principles and practices of The Leadership Challenge® in today’s context of how people work, what followers expect of leaders, and what leaders must do to engage others to achieve the extraordinary. Now available as an audio book.


Chapter 1: When Leaders are at Their Best (Free Download)
The Leadership Challenge Workshop

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