The Leadership Challenge, 4th Edition

  • by James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
  • Narrated by James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
  • 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Leadership Challenge has become one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. Now, with the publication of the fourth edition of their landmark book and for the first time on audio, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner celebrate 25 years of leadership excellence. The Leadership Challenge, the most trusted source on becoming a better leader, has been thoroughly updated and revised for a new generation of leaders living and working in a global environment. Building on the knowledge base of the previous books, this fourth edition is grounded in research and presents extensive interviews with a diverse group of leaders at all levels in a wide variety of organizations from around the world. The authors emphasize that the fundamentals of leadership are not a fad. While the context of leadership has changed dramatically, the content of leadership has endured the test of time. With scores of new case studies and a timeless and inspiring message, The Leadership Challenge is a "personal coach in a book", guiding listeners through the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. When leaders understand that leadership is a relationship and they begin to 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 better able to embark on a lifetime of success and significance.

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What the Critics Say

"An inspirational and practical handbook, this expanded revision of a best-selling manual originally published in 1987 offers sound advice....This new edition has been substantially updated to reflect the challenges of shrinking work forces, rising cynicism and expanded telecommunications." (Publishers Weekly)

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Great Book for Leadership Peer Groups

This book discusses in depth the five practices of exemplary leadership: 1) model the way, 2) inspire a shared vision, 3) challenge the process, 4) enable others to act, and 5) encourage the heart. The authors devote two chapters to each of these practices, with helpful summaries of key points at the end of each chapter. Although the book is chock full of great ideas, it is rather dense and can be hard to work through. Those who could benefit the most from the pearls of wisdom in this book are unlikely to have the kind of time it takes to really digest and absorb the practices outlined in this book. It would be a great book for a leadership peer group to use to help each other build and strengthen their leadership practice.
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- Marty "Marty Jacobs consults in the areas of strategic planning, board governance, leadership development, and community engagement."

Read it for a college course

Would you consider the audio edition of The Leadership Challenge, 4th Edition to be better than the print version?

I have both the book and audio. At times I followed along in the book from the audio. I had this for a college class and multiple homework assignments from it. I could read the chapters by audio and study for tests and/or homework with the book. It's excellent information.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No way. Information and concepts are too detailed.


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- Leigh "horn"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-29-2007
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC