• 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
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (619 ratings)

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The most trusted source of leadership wisdom, updated to address today's realities.

The Leadership Challenge is the gold-standard manual for effective leadership, grounded in research and written by the premier authorities in the field. With deep insight into the complex interpersonal dynamics of the workplace, this book positions leadership both as a skill to be learned and as a relationship that must be nurtured to reach its full potential. This new sixth edition has been revised to address current challenges and includes more international examples and a laser focus on business issues; you'll learn how extraordinary leaders accomplish extraordinary things and how to develop your leadership skills and style to deliver quality results every time. Engaging stories delve into the fundamental roles that great leaders fulfill, and simple frameworks provide a primer for those who seek continuous improvement; by internalizing key insights and putting concepts into action, you'll become a more effective, more impactful leader.

A good leader gets things done; a great leader aspires, inspires, and achieves more. This book highlights the differences between good and great, and shows you how to bridge the chasm between getting things done and making things happen.

  • Gain deep insight into leadership's critical role in organizational health
  • Navigate the shift toward team-oriented work relationships
  • Motivate and inspire to break through the pervasive new cynicism
  • Leverage the electronic global village to deliver better results

Business is evolving at an increasingly rapid rate, and leaders must keep pace with the changes or risk stagnation. People work differently, are motivated differently, and have different expectations today - business as usual is quickly losing its effectiveness. The Leadership Challenge helps you stay current, relevant, and effective in the modern workplace.

©2017 James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Great info. but this reader tough to listen to

All of the information is great about Leadership in this book. I suggest to but the companion or hard copy. Sixth edition has some new examples which is great. This edition's reader not as good as the authors reading the book in previous edition.

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One of the worst narrators

Listening to this book was like hearing a high-timber loud person recounting a panicky situation for nearly 10 hours. What a poor quality production. Unacceptable production from Audible. Makes the entire experience unpleasant and distracts from the content, even if the latter is repetitive and quite embellished.

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A classic of any administration curriculum

This book was required text for one of my undergraduate classes in leadership. I didn't care about the reader, but the content is great. I have been in a leadership pretty much since the beginning of my professional life, due to this most of the concepts of this book are familiar to me, but there are the few "I wish I had known before" moments.

Although this book is old, it is fresh because the writers continually update it with current relevant examples and information.

If this is a textbook, then you have no alternative, but I think it is a worthy listening even if it is just for the curious or the rest that hold or wish to hold a leadership position.

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One of the best books on leadership

This book has been very helpful to me as a leader. It laid out very clearly where I need to grow.

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It's a grind

There is some good content but it is a grind to get through. Lesson from better leadership book, keep it simple.

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Great content. But slow paced.

Loved the content. Good tried-and-true practices. The narrator sounded like he was from NPR. I sped it up to 1.5 times just to keep interested.

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Nice addition

The book reinforced as well as added leadership principles that I can put into use today. Definitely adding to my professional Library.

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Leadership mentor recommendation, deeply enjoyed!

This book was a recommendation by one of my mentors. It broached some very heavy subjects in a relatable and easily digestible way.
Recommend listening at 1.2x speed.

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This book reflects my feelings of leadership based on my 35 years and a leadership role in my business.

This book is a summation of my intuitive feelings about leadership over my many years of experience in leadership. My failures, my successes, and my journey have been made up of these five practices of exemplary leadership. I can’t get enough of this information. It seems as if every turn of leadership is supported by the data that this book brings out!

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Challenged to Grow

This book has challenged me to look deep within myself, change what needs to be changed in order for me to excel in my leadership journey. It’s lessons are simple yet profound and will continue to resonate with me in me journey. I highly recommend it for anyone!

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  • Richard Smith
  • 03-10-22

A must read for any leader

I've been a leader and manager for over 30 years and this book has given me a real fresh outlook and drive to get better - not just for me but for my team.

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  • 02-10-21

Leadersip overview

A good leadership overview with some interesting anacdoting stories of how leadership looks in practice.

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  • Jennifers Daddy
  • 07-12-17

Reasonable book shame about narration

The book is good but narration poor. Its a bit like listening to my 7year old son reading. Very monotone and without emotion.

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  • 08-06-19

Loved the Conent!

The narrator was pretty monotone + dry.
Strongly recommend the book - essential reading for practitioners or students of leadership.