James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

We’ve asked thousands of people over the years to imagine a scenario where someone walks into the room and announces to them and their colleagues, “Hi, I’m your new leader!” At that very moment, what do you want to know from this person? What are the questions that immediately pop into your mind? While there are lots of questions someone would want to ask that … [ Read more ]

A prescription for leading in cynical times

According to research by the authors, the majority of us look for and admire leaders who are honest, forward-looking, inspiring and competent. This article examines those traits and offers prescriptions for eliminating cynicism and becoming a credible leader.

Encouraging the Heart Workbook

Getting things done in today’s workplace is hard work. Employees become exhausted, frustrated, and sometimes entirely disenchanted-and often, they are tempted to simply give up. But the research conducted by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner over the last two decades clearly shows that successful leaders find ways to combat these negative feelings by encouraging the hearts of their team members. This workbook, based on the … [ Read more ]

The Leadership Challenge: How to Keep Getting Extraordinary Things Done in Organizations

In the 1980s and again in the ’90s, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner published The Leadership Challenge to address issues they uncovered in research on ordinary people achieving “individual leadership standards of excellence.” The keys they identified–model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, encourage the heart–have now been reexamined in the context of the post-millennium world … [ Read more ]

Challenge is the Opportunity for Greatness

Essential steps for developing, supporting, and nurturing leaders.