Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader

  • 3h 49m
  • Barry Z. Posner, James M. Kouzes
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2016

The truth is the best leaders are the best learners. Leadership is a set of abilities, and like any other skill-set it can be learned and improved. Becoming an exemplary leader isn't easy. It takes self-belief, aspiration, grit, support, and deliberate practice. But with solid determination and supportive guidance everyone can learn to become better leaders than they are today. Learning Leadership delivers the concrete framework and practical steps for building exemplary leaders for today's and tomorrow's challenges.

Whether you're an experienced leader or someone new to the role, this comprehensive guide offers evidence-based strategies for taking charge of your own leadership development and unleashing the leader within. Based on more than 30 years of research, with data from more than 70 countries, this insightful treatment on learning explores the fundamentals of becoming an exemplary leader and presents a solid foundation on which to strengthen and expand leadership skills. Through easily digestible chapters with self-coaching actions, you can use this book to cultivate the hard and soft skills you need to make a positive difference.

For those in roles of mentoring and coaching people, the practical and proven framework in this inspiring resource enables you to develop leadership potential in the emerging leaders with whom you work.

Specifically written to be a useful tool you can easily use during your day to promote lifelong learning and achievement, this invigorating resource enables you to:

  • Gain authoritative explanations on the myths, assumptions, and misconceptions inhibiting leadership development today
  • See firsthand evidence that the ability to learn is the most critical leadership skill, and the first thing you need to learn is who you are and what is important to you
  • Take initiative in your own development and start connecting to a network of resources to further your progress with support and helpful feedback
  • Become a better leader every day and stay positive and influential during difficult times

An exemplary leader must master many skills, but one of the most important is the ability to learn. Learning Leadership challenges you to do the meaningful and disciplined work necessary to becoming the best you can be. And with this mindset and toolkit, you will be better equipped to make extraordinary things happen in your organization, community, and the lives of others.

In this Book

  • Learning Leadership─The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader
  • The World Needs Exemplary Leaders
  • Leaders Are Born and So Are You
  • Leadership Makes a Difference
  • You Are Already Leading—Just Not Frequently Enough
  • You Have To Believe In Yourself
  • Learning Is the Master Skill
  • Leadership Emerges From Within
  • You have to know what’s Important to You
  • Who You Are Isn’t Who You Will Be
  • It’s Not Just About You
  • Challenge Is Your Leadership Training Ground
  • Get Curious and Go Kick the Ball Around
  • Get Gritty and Stay Hardy
  • Courage Gives You the Strength to Grow
  • I Couldn’t Have Done It without You
  • Get Connected
  • Without Feedback You Cannot Grow
  • Leadership Takes Practice, and Practice Takes Time
  • Context Matters
  • Learning Leadership Must Be a Daily Habit
  • It’s Not How You Start; it’s How You Finish
  • Notes