Nov 092014

In Conversation with James Kouzes: Rise to the Challenge


“What people most want from a leader, in one word, is credibility.”
~ James Kouzes

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In Conversation with James Kouzes
James Kouzes is a bestselling author, an award-winning speaker and, according to the Wall Street Journal, one of the twelve best executive educators in the United States. James is Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, at Santa Clara University, and also lectures on leadership around the world to corporations, governments, and nonprofits. In 2010, James received the Thought Leadership Award from the Instructional Systems Association, the most prestigious award given by the trade association of training and development industry providers. He was listed as one of HR Magazine’s Most Influential International Thinkers for 2010 and 2013, named one of the 2010 and 2014 Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America, and ranked by Leadership Excellence magazine as number sixteen on its list of the Top 100 Thought Leaders.

A highly-regarded leadership scholar and an experienced executive, James served as president, CEO, and chairman of the Tom Peters Company from 1988 through 1999, and prior to that led the Executive Development Center at Santa Clara University (1981-1987). James is the coauthor with Barry Posner of more than a dozen award-winning leadership books including the best-selling book The Leadership Challenge. Since its first edition in 1987, The Leadership Challenge has sold more than two million copies worldwide and is available in more than twenty-two languages. It has won numerous awards, including the Critics’ Choice Award from the nation’s book review editors and the James A. Hamilton Hospital Administrators’ Book of the Year Award, and was selected as one of the top ten books on leadership in Covert and Sattersten’s The 100 Best Business Books of All Time.

Also in this issue:
+ Three Communication Techniques to Lead Effective Conversations by Deb Calvert
+ Three Reasons to Practice Optimistic Leadership by Robert Sherwin
+ Team, Group, or Train Wreck? by Julie Winkle Giulioni
+ Employee Engagement: The Leader’s Role by Tom Roth
+ Microleadership by Mitch McCrimmon
+ Mindful Leadership by Sarah Bridges, Ph. D.
+ The Ten Behaviours of a Trusted Advisor by Michael Schofield
+ You Will Experience Breathlessness If You Talk Too Fast by Nancy Daniels