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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.

©2012 James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner (P)2012 Gildan Media LLC

Critic Reviews

"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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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. <br/><br/>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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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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some good concepts but...

Some good concepts but, terribly boring and repetitive. this book could have been a quarter its size. Could not get through it.

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1 of my top 3 best leadership books of all times

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you want the essence of leadership distilled with scientific precision with practical applications to use today, this is your book.

What other book might you compare The Leadership Challenge to and why?

John Maxwell's 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and call me a freak, but John Maxwell's Study Bible where he mines leadership gold out of the scripture. Leadership powerhouse books.

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

No, but this was good. Typically I hate books read by the author because there is nothing like a professional narrator, but this was good.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh when I built my interview question and answer study notes on the concepts of this book and described my leadership skills and abilities using the five major themes of this book, and got called for a second interview! I'm convinced speaking to the five themes will result in securing my next job.

Any additional comments?

Love the website and additional resources offered by the authors online and as an app.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Leadership = Love

i thoroughly enjoyed the in- & out-sights provided. However, the closing chapter nailed it. The secret of life is how we chose to leverage our leadership. The more leadership the more success one can expect!

oh, i purchased the hardback book as i will be leveraging the many wonderful tips, tools, & techniques.

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Inspiring and Motivating

This book is inspiring and motivating. To hear the tips and tricks of how to be an extraordinary leader in life and in business. It's a must read or hear audiobook. Not only can one apply to the business they can apply to the personal life.

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Interesting Read and Relatable

Great strategy to follow for any type of leadership (professional, personal, community, etc.)
This book allows you to reflect upon your own strengths, weaknesses, and helps you build a path to accomplish the goals you have always wanted to- but we're afraid to try! Very motivational.

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excellent summary

excellent summary about what is important to pratice for better leadership. worth sticking to the end

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Excellent leadership book!

My favorite leadership book! A must for anyone in a management role and highly recommended for everyone else.

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Very entry level

This book is best for someone who is very early in their leadership career. They constantly reference a mobile tool app that is only available on iOS. There are many books out there that are better for leadership.

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Must read for every leader

An amazing book to read for every leader. Highlights the key areas to focus on and how to focus on them.

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