The Leadership Challenge

  • by Barry Z. Posner, James M. Kouzes
  • Narrated by Barry Posner, James Kouzes, Sean Pratt
  • 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The 25th anniversary edition of the best-selling business classic, completely revised and updated.
For more than 25 years, The Leadership Challenge has been the most trusted source on becoming a better leader, selling more than two million copies in over 20 languages since its first publication. Based on Kouzes and Posner’s extensive research, this all-new edition casts their enduring work in context for today’s world, proving how leadership is a relationship that must be nurtured, and most importantly, that it can be learned. This book:


Features over 100 all-new case studies and examples, which show The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership in action around the world
Focuses on the toughest organizational challenges leaders face today
Addresses changes in how people work and what people want from their work
An indispensable resource for leaders at all levels, this anniversary edition is a landmark update and must-hear.

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What the Critics Say

"The Leadership Challenge is still popular and relevant after 25 years for a reason: it is a classic. No one provides more practical real-world advice than Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. This is the audiobook on leadership that I recommend to all of my clients, and I think this is the greatest book on leadership ever written." (Marshall Goldsmith, best-selling author, MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great book, too many stories

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes. I'm currently in my first management position and have historically been a stellar worker with excellent technical knowledge. My low-level management experience has made me aware that I need to improve in the areas of leadership and management.

This book includes principles and stories that are applicable and analogous to leadership opportunities in my profession and in my personal life.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was simply the end. There were some strong points in the middle of the book. I don't think the ending of the book stood out. It was kind-of boring.


Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to these narrators before, but I enjoyed it.


Was The Leadership Challenge worth the listening time?

Yes. I think that it was a huge help to me and would be a great must-read book for existing managers.


Any additional comments?

Personally, I approach stories with a strong skepticism. Leadership books tend to be heavy too on the narratives. This book has that same trait.

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- Joseph Ivy

Credible, but long-winded....

The Leadership Challenge is one of those books which holds substantial credible information, but is packaging it in to too much fluff. In this case the big problem is the volume of practical examples, where one or two examples of application of theory, makes good sense and strengthens the point, this book does not refrain from using, I think, hundreds of examples.

Some examples in the book are in direct contradiction to other examples of good leadership in other parts of the book. Other examples are very shallow and shows no causation with the great leadership results it is referring to.

I listened to the book from start to finish, but it was a battle not to drift away from the narrator when he was coming with one trivial example after the previous.

The narrator does a good job and is easy to listen too. There are also many good and credible points in the book. But the authors do not have the ability to zoom in on the most important. Unfortunately.
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- Claus

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2012
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC