Book News: September 29th, 2010

By James M Kouzes and Barry Z Posner.

In these turbulent times, when the very foundations of organizations and societies are shaken, leaders need to move beyond pessimistic predictions, trendy fads, and simplistic solutions. They need to turn to what’s real and what’s proven. In this book the authors reveal ten time-tested truths that show what every leader must know, the questions they must be prepared to answer, and the real-world issues they will likely face.

The book is based on thirty years of research, more than one million responses to Kouzes and Posner’s leadership assessment, and the questions people most want leaders to answer. It explores the fundamental enduring truths of leadership that hold constant regardless of context or circumstance. Leaders make a difference in areas such as credibility, values, trust and leading by example.

Drawing from cases spanning three generations of leaders from around the world, this is a book leaders can use to do their real and necessary work, bringing about the essential changes that will renew organizations and communities.

Published by Jossey Bass. ISBN: 978-0-470-63354-0. £16.99.