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A Leader's Legacy

James M. Kouzes||Barry Z. Posner
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2008-12-22||December 2008||2008-12-23||December 2008||2008-12-22||December 2008||2008-12-22||December 2008 Jossey-Bass
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In this provocative book, leadership experts and authors of the best-selling The Leadership Challenge, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner take on a unique challenge and explore the question of leadership and legacy. Kouzes and Posner examine in twenty-two chapters the critical questions all leaders must ask themselves in order to leave a lasting impact. These powerful essays are grouped into four categories: Significance, Relationships, Aspirations, and Courage. In each essay the authors consider a thorny and often ambiguous issue with which today’s leaders must grapple issues—such as how leaders serve and sacrifice, why leaders need loving critics, why leaders should want to be liked, why leaders can't take trust for granted, why it’s not just the leader’s vision, why failure is always an option, why it takes courage to “make a life,” how to liberate the leader in everyone, and ultimately, how the legacy you leave is the life you lead.
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In this provocative book, leadership experts and authors of the best-selling The Leadership Challenge, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner take on a unique challenge and explore the question of leadership and legacy. Kouzes and Posner examine in twenty-two chapters the critical questions all leaders must ask themselves in order to leave a lasting impact. These powerful essays are grouped into four categories: Significance, Relationships, Aspirations, and Courage. In each essay the authors consider a thorny and often ambiguous issue with which today’s leaders must grapple issues—such as how leaders serve and sacrifice, why leaders need loving critics, why leaders should want to be liked, why leaders can't take trust for granted, why it’s not just the leader’s vision, why failure is always an option, why it takes courage to “make a life,” how to liberate the leader in everyone, and ultimately, how the legacy you leave is the life you lead.
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What Leaders Are Saying About A Leader's Legacy

"Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have done it again! In a brilliant follow-up to The Leadership Challenge, they offer the combined wisdom of decades of studying and working with leaders. In 22 thoughtful essays they summarize with depth and clarity what is really important for you as a leader: your courage, your relationships, and the legacy you leave behind."
—Bill George, former chairman and CEO, Medtronic; author, Authentic Leadership

"This superb book defies conventional wisdom in favor of being truly wise. In chapters such as 'Leaders Should Want to Be Liked' and 'Failure Is Always an Option,' Kouzes and Posner portray leaders on a human scale, opening leadership to anyone who is willing to be fully human. That, of course, is a challenge! And yet the style of this book—with its stories of well-grounded leaders and its engaging conversational prose—encourages the reader to live into and up to that challenge. A Leader's Legacy will surely become key to the literary legacy that its authors have been leaving in their wake over the past twenty-five years."
—Parker J. Palmer, author, The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness, and Let Your Life Speak

"In their new book, Kouzes and Posner provide a badly needed supplement to all those other books on leadership. First, they don't just say that everyone can be a leader—that oft-repeated bromide is little more than a cliché now. They demonstrate (with good examples) how true and important the idea is. And second (again with effective examples) they make 'leadership' something that will interest not just 'organizational' types but anyone who hopes to make a difference in the world."
—William Bridges, author, Transitions and Managing Transition

"A Leader's Legacy is an indispensable daily reference for leaders at every level of every enterprise. Legacy is a gift to leaders of today, to leaders of the future."
—Frances Hesselbein, chairman, Leader to Leader Institute

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In this provocative book, leadership experts and authors of the best-selling The Leadership Challenge, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner take on a unique challenge and explore the question of leadership and legacy. Kouzes and Posner examine in twenty-two chapters the critical questions all leaders must ask themselves in order to leave a lasting impact. These powerful essays are grouped into four categories: Significance, Relationships, Aspirations, and Courage. In each essay the authors consider a thorny and often ambiguous issue with which today’s leaders must grapple issues—such as how leaders serve and sacrifice, why leaders need loving critics, why leaders should want to be liked, why leaders can't take trust for granted, why it’s not just the leader’s vision, why failure is always an option, why it takes courage to “make a life,” how to liberate the leader in everyone, and ultimately, how the legacy you leave is the life you lead.
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Introduction.

Part One Significance.

1 Leaders Serve and Sacrifice.

2 The Best Leaders Are Teachers.

3 We All Need Loving Critics.

4 You Are the Most Important Leader in Your Organization.

5 No One Likes to Be an Assumption.

Part Two Relationships.

6 Leadership Is Personal.

7 Leaders Should Want to Be Liked.

8 When You Don’t See Eye to Eye, Seek to Understand.

9 You Can’t Take Trust for Granted.

10 Let Your People Go.

Part Three Aspirations.

11 Lead from the Inside Out.

12 Forward-Looking Is a Leadership Prerequisite.

13 It’s Not Just the Leader’s Vision.

14 Liberate the Leader in Everyone.

15 Leaders Are Followers, Too!

Part Four Courage.

16 There’s Courage in All of Us.

17 You Can’t Plan to Be Courageous, But You Can Choose It.

18 It Takes Courage to Make a Life.

19 The Courage to Be Human.

20 Failure Is Always an Option.

21 No Money-Back Guarantee.

Afterword: The Legacy You Leave Is the Life You Lead.

Notes.

Acknowledgments.

About the Authors.

Index.