James M. Kouzes
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James M. Kouzes

Jim Kouzes has been thinking about leadership ever since he was one of only a dozen Eagle Scouts to be selected to serve in John F. Kennedy's honor guard when Kennedy was inaugurated President of the United States. Kennedy's inaugural call to action -- "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." -- inspired Jim to join the Peace Corps, and he taught school in Turkey for two years. That experience made Jim realize that he wanted a career that offered two things: the chance to teach and the opportunity to serve. It was in his first job back in the U.S. training community action agency managers that Jim found his calling, and he has devoted his life to leadership development ever since.

Jim Kouzes is the coauthor with Barry Posner of the award-winning and best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge, with over 2.0 million copies in print. He's also the Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. Jim and Barry have coauthored many bestselling leadership books including A Leader's Legacy, Encouraging the Heart, The Truth About Leadership, and Credibility. They are also the developers of The Leadership Practices Inventory--the bestselling off-the-shelf leadership assessment in the world. Their books are extensively researched-based, and over 500 doctoral dissertations and academic studies have been based on their original work.

Not only is Jim a highly regarded leadership scholar, The Wall Street Journal cited Jim as one of the twelve best executive educators in the U.S. He is the 2010 recipient of the Thought Leadership Award from the Instructional Systems Association, listed as one of HR Magazine's Most Influential International Thinkers for 2010, 2011, and 2012, named one of the 2010 and 2011 Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America, and ranked by Leadership Excellence magazine as number sixteen on its list of the Top 100 Thought Leaders. In 2006 Jim was presented with the Golden Gavel, the highest honor awarded by Toastmasters International. Jim and Barry are also the recipients of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) 2009 Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award, presented in recognition of their extensive body of work and the significant impact they have had on learning and performance in the workplace.

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Best Sellers

    • The Leadership Challenge Sixth Edition

    • How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations
    • By: James M. Kouzes, Barry Posner
    • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
    • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154

    The Leadership Challenge is the gold-standard manual for effective leadership, grounded in research and written by the premier authorities in the field....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great info. but this reader tough to listen to

    • By Thomas G. Hamp on 11-27-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Leadership Challenge

    • How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, Fifth Edition
    • By: Barry Z. Posner, James M. Kouzes
    • Narrated by: Barry Posner, James Kouzes, Sean Pratt
    • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 509
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 451
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 445

    For more than 25 years, The Leadership Challenge has been the most trusted source on becoming a better leader....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, too many stories

    • By Joseph Ivy on 02-06-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Truth About Leadership

    • The No-fads, to the Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know
    • By: James Kouzes, Barry Posner
    • Narrated by: Don Hagen
    • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105

    In these turbulent times when the very foundations of organizations and societies are being shaken, leaders need to move beyond the pessimistic predictions....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Information; Presentation—Not So Much

    • By John on 06-17-11

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Learning Leadership

    • The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader
    • By: Barry Z. Posner, James A. Kouzes
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 70

    James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner have written a new book that examines a fundamental question: How do people learn leadership? How do they learn to become leaders? Find out....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not worth using a credit

    • By JPastuer on 01-31-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • A Leader's Legacy

    • By: James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
    • Narrated by: James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
    • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    In a series of 22 short essays, grouped into four parts (significance, relationships, aspirations, and courage), the authors explore the issues that today's leaders grapple with....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very informative

    • By Mckinsl on 08-19-17

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Credibility

    • How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It, 2nd Edition
    • By: James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    The first true revision of the classic book from the best-selling author of The Leadership Challenge....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Transform Your Leadership

    • By Isaiah M. on 04-05-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Leadership Challenge, 4th Edition

    • By: James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
    • Narrated by: James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
    • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 203
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 98

    The Leadership Challenge, the most trusted source on becoming a better leader, has been thoroughly updated and revised for a new generation of leaders....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book for Leadership Peer Groups

    • By Marty on 07-05-12

    Regular price: $19.98

    • Encouraging the Heart

    • A Leader's Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others
    • By: James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
    • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
    • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    All too often, simple acts of human kindness are often overlooked and under utilized by people in leadership roles....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It all begins with me and why not you,.

    • By Jim on 09-22-17

    Regular price: $26.41

    • Credibility

    • How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It, Revised Edition
    • By: James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
    • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16

    In this best-selling book, Kouzes and Posner (authors of The Leadership Challenge), explain why leadership is above all a relationship, with credibility as the cornerstone....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Leadership Foundations

    • By Rick on 03-18-13

    Regular price: $37.78

    • The Student Leadership Challenge, Third Edition

    • Five Practices for Becoming an Exemplary Leader
    • By: James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
    • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Student Leadership Challenge tailors one of the world’s most respected leadership models to students’ unique needs, and provides a pathway to success. This book merges solid research with personal stories from real-world student leaders to help students develop critical skills....

    Regular price: $19.95

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