San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 01, 2013
Leadership doesn’t happen without courage. In fact, leadership might be defined as “courage in action”. But the truth is, courage is poorly understood and not what you typically think. In their second original e-book, Finding the Courage to Lead (Jossey-Bass; 978-1-118-82558-7; September 2013; $3.99), Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, authors of the bestselling, seminal book on leadership - The Leadership Challenge, offer a perspective on what ordinary leaders say about what courage is to them and what their courageous experiences mean for the daily practice of leadership.
Courage is one of those big, bold words. It has the reputation of being something way out there on the edges of human experience commonly associated with superhuman feats, life-and-death struggles, and overcoming impossible odds. It gives rise to images of daring feats of bravery and nerves of steel. It has such a mystique about it that many think the concept doesn’t apply to them. But when you look beyond the headlines, you find out that this account of courage is certainly not the whole story.
There is very little relevant discussion of courage in the leadership literature. For all the talk about how leaders need to be courageous, there is next to nothing written about what it really means for leadership.
Grounded in award-winning original research and rich with insight, Finding the Courage to Lead is valuable for leaders at any level to understand how courage shapes our leadership potential on and off the job and is a required reading for any fans of Kouzes & Posner’s work.
About the authors:
Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner are coauthors of the award-winning, best-selling book - The Leadership Challenge - selected as one of the Top 10 books on leadership of all time (according to The 100 Best Business Books of All Time) and has sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide and spawned an entire franchise of products published by Wiley. The Leadership Challenge is now read in more than twenty languages. Jim and Barry have coauthored more than thirty other leadership books and workbooks and they developed the highly acclaimed Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), a 360-degree questionnaire for assessing leadership behavior, which is one of the most widely used leadership assessment instruments in the world. Among the many honors and awards that Jim and Barry have received are the American Society for Training and Development’s (ASTD) highest award for their Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance. Jim and Barry are frequent conference speakers, and each has conducted leadership development programs for hundreds of organizations, including Apple, Bank of America, Bose, Charles Schwab, Dell Computer, FedEx, Gymboree, HP, IBM, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Merck, Motorola, United Way, Verizon, VISA, and The Walt Disney Company. http://www.leadershipchallenge.com