The new edition of
The Leadership Challenge
is here.

Completely updated with nearly 70% new content.

The Leadership Challenge Sixth Edition

About The Book

Since it was first published in 1987, The Leadership Challenge has become the gold-standard on becoming an exemplary leader. Well grounded in research and written by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, the premier authorities in the field, this essential resource has sold over 2.5 million copies and has been translated into more than 20 languages. Completely updated with nearly 70% new content and 75% new figures and tables, and full-color design for the first time, the much-anticipated sixth edition of The Leadership Challenge is available wherever books are sold.. Revised to address current challenges with nearly 150 new cases, this edition includes numerous international examples and perspectives from a variety of disciplines and industries.

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®—the model that Jim and Barry derived from studying personal-best leadership experiences—continues to prove its validity as a clear, evidence-based path to achieving the extraordinary—for individuals, teams, organizations, and communities.

Free Resources from The Leadership Challenge

Sample Chapter

As a leader, one way to inspire a shared vision within your organization or team is to enlist others. To achieve this, it’s helpful to build common ground on which everyone at every level can stand. When you appeal to others’ ideals and give life to this vision, it’s easier for them to willingly believe what you believe.


Leadership Makes a Difference

The quality of leadership you provide has a significant impact on the people you lead. After analyzing decades of research, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner confirm this statement with some very compelling data. See how your leadership can positively—or negatively—make a difference.


Challenges for Leaders are a GOOD Thing

Leadership is a challenge in itself, but to be really successful you need to challenge yourself to break out of your comfort zone. Becoming a better leader is all about self-improvement and learning to look at challenges as opportunities to grow and develop your leadership skills.

About the Authors

JAMES M. KOUZES is the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, and lectures on leadership around the world to corporations, governments, and nonprofits.

BARRY Z. POSNER is Accolti Professor of Leadership and former Dean of the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. An accomplished scholar, he also provides leadership workshops and seminars worldwide.

Kouzes and Posner are the authors of Learning to Lead, Credibility, The Truth About Leadership, A Leader’s Legacy, Encouraging the Heart, and The Student Leadership Challenge, among many other works. They also developed the highly-acclaimed LPI: Leadership Practices Inventory®.




“This is a classic—one of the few books on leadership that’s actually worth reading. The Leadership Challenge is more relevant than ever: a practical, evidence-based resource on how to mobilize people around a common goal.”

Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

“Up-to-date, superbly compelling, and full of heart, the sixth edition of Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner’s classic draws on an unmatched trove of new data to offer fresh context to the fundamentals of great leadership. The Leadership Challenge remains the essential text for leaders who want to achieve the extraordinary in today’s hypercompetitive environment.”

Sally Helgesen, author, The Female Vision, The Web of Inclusion, and The Female Advantage

“The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership’ are the foundation and road map for developing leadership skills that are needed today more than. The Leadership Challenge 6th edition shares real world examples of how putting the practices to work makes great companies and leaders. This book should be on every leaders’ desks and have lots of bookmarks.”

Garry Ridge, President & CEO, WD-40 Company, coauthor Helping People Win at Work