The Leadership Challenge

How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, 7th Edition

The trusted source of leadership wisdom, with over 3 million copies sold, updated to today's realities.

The Leadership Challenge is the gold-standard manual for effective leadership, grounded in research and written by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. With deep insights into complex interpersonal workplace dynamics, this book positions leadership as both a skill to be learned and as a relationship that needs nurturing to reach its full potential.

This new edition is revised to address timely workplace challenges, helping you stay current, relevant, and effective in the modern workplace.

The Leadership Challenge Workbook

How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, 4th Edition

Essential, practical tools for implementing evidence-based leadership development.
The Leadership Challenge Workbook offers practical tools for applying The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® in real-life business situations. This workbook provides essential hands-on guidance for planning, implementation, people management, and more.

The Student Leadership Challenge

Five Practices for Becoming an Exemplary Leader, 4th Edition

Real-world leadership training for real-world students.
The Student Leadership Challenge tailors one of the world’s most respected leadership models to students’ unique needs. Based on The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, this book helps students develop the critical skills they need to lead both now and beyond.

The Truth about Leadership

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

A fresh look at what it means to lead from two of the biggest names in leadership.
In this engaging, personal, and bold book, bestselling authors Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner reveal ten time-tested truths that discuss what every leader must know, the questions they must be prepared to answer, and the real-world issues they will likely face.

Learning Leadership

The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader

Uncover the extraordinary leader in you with straightforward exercises and expert advice.
Learning Leadership is a comprehensive guide to unleashing the inner leader in us all. This book offers a concrete framework to help individuals of all levels, functions, and backgrounds take charge of their own leadership development and become the best leaders they can be.

Everyday People, Extraordinary Leadership

How to Make a Difference Regardless of Your Title, Role, or Authority

Learn how to tackle everyday leadership challenges regardless of your title, position, or authority.
A book about leadership for people who are not in formal or hierarchical leadership positions, Everyday People, Extraordinary Leadership provides readers with a thorough and practical approach to addressing leadership challenges, no matter the setting or circumstance.

A Leader's Legacy

Learn how to liberate the leader in everyone and how the legacy you leave is the life you lead.
In A Leader’s Legacy, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner examine the questions all leaders must ask themselves before they can leave a lasting impact. This is an indispensable resource for business leaders looking to push their leadership development further than they ever thought possible.

Encouraging the Heart

A Leader's Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others

Model and encourage leadership by focusing on encouraging the best in others.
Encouraging the Heart shows us how true leaders encourage and motivate those they work with by helping them find their voice. Both practical and inspirational, this book gives readers a thoughtful approach to motivating individuals within an organizational structure.


How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It, 2nd Edition

The first revision of the classic book from the best-selling authors of The Leadership Challenge.
Building on their years of research, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner explore why leadership is a relationship with credibility as the cornerstone. This inspiring and genuine guide helps you understand the importance of credibility for building personal and organizational success.

Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge

This book is a faith-based companion to the best-selling leadership book of all time.
Grounded in Jim and Barry’s research, Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge offers practical guidance and inspiring examples. Their thoughtful reflections on the role of faith in leadership will propel leaders and aspiring leaders to achieve their personal best.

Great Leadership Creates Great Workplaces

How can you inspire your employees to engage and drive strong results across the board?
Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner expand on their original work to create a new metric—Positive Workplace Attitudes. This book addresses pressing and critical issues around employee engagement and how leaders can improve it to outperform the competition.

Stop Selling and Start Leading

How to Make Extraordinary Sales Happen

Make extraordinary sales happen!
In Stop Selling and Start Leading, you’ll discover that the very same behaviors that make leaders more effective also work to make sellers more effective. This critical shift in the selling mindset, and in the sales role itself, is the key to boosting the efficacy of your overall sales.

Turning Adversity into Opportunity

Learn how to pursue new possibilities and opportunities, no matter the circumstances.
Leaders are no strangers to challenges. Turning Adversity into Opportunity reveals how leaders at any level can transform difficult circumstances into opportunities for growth and success.

About The Authors

Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner are coauthors of the award-winning, best-selling book The Leadership Challenge. Now in its seventh edition, The Leadership Challenge has sold nearly three million copies worldwide. For over forty years, Jim and Barry have collaborated and co-authored more than a dozen other award-winning leadership books.  Together they developed the widely used and highly acclaimed Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) for assessing leadership behavior. Among the honors and awards that Jim and Barry have received are the Association for Talent and Development’s (ATD) highest award for their Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance and named by HR Magazine as among the Most Influential International Thinkers.

The Leadership Challenge

Jim Kouzes

Jim Kouzes, the Executive Fellow at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University Read More

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Barry Posner

Barry Posner currently serves as the Michael J. Accolti, S.J., Chair and Professor of Leadership for the Leavey School of Business
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