San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 18, 2013
In their first original ebook, James Kouzes and Barry Posner, authors of the bestselling, seminal book on leadership The Leadership Challenge, answer the question: Do leaders directly affect whether a workplace is considered great?
In Great Leaders Create Great Workplaces (Wiley; 978-1-118-72253-4; June 2013; $3.99), Kouzes and Posner define a great workplace as one where everyone knows and shares the values of the organization and feel that their work contributes to a long-term vision. When people believe in their leaders and see them doing what they say they will do, when they feel challenged to search for innovative ways to do things, when they feel like they’re constantly growing and developing, when they feel recognized for their contributions, then they are more likely to deeply trust their co-workers and their leaders. At its core a great workplace engages each person’s mind, emotions, and spirit in doing work that matters.
Using their research and data from millions of constituents around the world, as well as the results of their 30-years of research, Kouzes and Posner have expanded their work with The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership to create a new metric of Positive Workplace Attitudes (PWA), directly addressing how leaders affect employee engagement. Their data reveals quite conclusively that there is a direct, significant relationship between how people report their leaders behaving and how positive they feel about what they are doing and the difference they are making (or not!). Leaders directly affect whether or not people want to stay or leave, whether or not they want to work harder, and whether or not they will recommend their organization to others. In fact, leaders have significantly more impact on employee engagement than strategy, structure, pay, tenure, level, age, gender, function, and other demographic variables.
Filled with new findings from Kouzes & Posner's original research, the Great Leaders Create Great Workplaces ebook is an exciting new opportunity to provide advice about workplace and leadership issues and offer ideas and techniques for increasing the quality and quantity of leaders for the world and healthy workplaces.
About the authors:
Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner are co-authors 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