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The Leadership Challenge (4th Ed)

Author: Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: Felicia Ho

Summary:The first edition had become a modern classic on leadership. With this 4th edition, new cases and concepts make it more readable and accessible to readers.



Leader Values

ISBN: 978-0-7879-8491-5

Twenty years after the release of the first edition of Leadership Challenge, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have once again updated and revised for the fourth time an inspirational manual for a next generation of leaders.

The myriad of opportunities in world today beckons people from all background to seize the occasion to lead. Authors, Kouzes and Posner maintain that leaders are not born but that leadership is an acquired skill. Written for a wide audience, Leadership Challenge, 4th edition is not a book about famous people rather; you will read about stories of ordinary people who get exceptional results. It can help develop your capacity to guide others to achieve their goals regardless of your chaste in society.

The Leadership Challenge series has persevered because it is research-based and practical. The research is conducted by the collation of thousands of “personal best” stories during interviews with ordinary individuals who achieved extraordinary results. Leadership Challenges, 4th edition takes on a similar form to the first book in terms of length. The authors decided to keep this 4th edition down to the essentials and do away with anything superfluous. Almost all the stories are new and includes more cases outside of the US.

Leadership Challenge, 4th edition begins with the authors take on leadership and includes a brief description of “The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership”.  These practices are explored in depth in the later chapters. Each chapter is designed to describe on the Ten Commitments of Leadership to elucidate the underlying principles that support the leadership practices and concludes with suggested steps to take to develop specific abilities.

The book carries a positive tone which overshadows many practical difficulties that leaders will face. However, it will suit someone looking for an idyllic leader and some practical actions to attain those qualities.

The first edition had become a modern classic on leadership. With this 4th and latest edition of Leadership Challenge, 4th edition, new cases and concepts integrate into current contexts making it more readable and accessible to readers proving to be the best edition yet.

For those wishing to know more about their research and methodology, more information is available at

Copyright 2007 Felicia Ho