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A Coach's Guide to Developing Exemplary Leaders

Making the Most of The Leadership Challenge and the Leadership Practices Inventory
James M. Kouzes||Barry Z. Posner||Elaine Biech
August 2017 Pfeiffer
U.S. $49.00
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An evidence-based approach to real-world leadership development

A Coach's Guide to Developing Exemplary Leaders presents leadership not as an inherent talent, but as a set of skills to be learned. Backed by over 30 years of original research and data from over four million individuals, this book offers a framework for leadership development in the modern business environment, and a set of best practices for training the leaders of tomorrow. The basic curriculum centers around The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart. As fundamental elements of great leadership at any level, in any industry, these tenets establish a learnable, measureable, teachable set of behaviors that form the basis of evidence-based leadership development. This book shows you how to use the Five Practices and related tools to coach promising talent into leadership roles. Success stories show how these practices have been implemented in real-world situations, and worksheets and checklists help you easily integrate the Five Practices into your existing coaching regimen.

Highly practical and straightforward, this action-focused guide helps you shape the future of leadership. Teach people skills that have been proven effective again and again, as you show them how to:

  • Be the example that sets the tone at the top
  • Inspire high performance, creativity, and innovation
  • Challenge people to push their comfort zone, and enable them to succeed
  • Provide support, encouragement, and guidance around obstacles

As Baby Boomers retire in record numbers, the need for real, effective leadership is growing greater than ever; at the same time, there has never been a more disparate set of opinions about what "leadership" actually means. A Coach's Guide to Developing Exemplary Leaders provides an evidence-based model to help you develop leaders with real, quantifiable, tangible skills.

JAMES M. KOUZES lives in Orinda, CA. BARRY Z. POSNER lives in Monte Sereno, CA. Their website can be found at

Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner are authors of the award-winning and best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge. Jim is the Dean's Executive Professor of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. Barry is Dean of the Leavey School of Business and Professor of Leadership at Santa Clara University. Jim and Barry are also authors of A Leader's Legacy, Encouraging the Heart, Credibility, The Leadership Challenge® Workshop, and Leadership is Everyone's Business Workshop. Their 360-degree leadership assessment instrument, The Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) and LPI Online ( has helped develop the leadership skills of over 3 million people worldwide. Combined, these offering truly make them the most trusted sources on becoming a better leader.

Elaine Biech is president and managing principal of ebb associates, inc, a strategic implementation, leadership development, and experiential learning consulting firm. She is also the author of over two dozen books and articles including Training for Dummies.

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