What two names are automatically associated with the word “leadership?” Answer: Kouzes and Posner. Their landmark works, The Leadership Challenge and Credibility stand head and shoulders above other leadership books. Their latest book, The Truth About Leadership continues to encourage principle-centered leadership.
Patrick Lencioni rightly says, “This book cuts through the clutter and reminds us of what really matters.” Kouzes and Posner immerse their readers in to fundamental leadership truths:
Truth # 1: You make a difference
Truth # 2: Credibility is the foundation of leadership
Truth # 3: Values drive commitment
Truth # 4: Focusing on the future sets leaders apart
Truth # 5: You can’t do it alone
Truth # 6: Trust rules
Truth # 7: Challenge is the crucible for greatness
Truth # 8: You will lead by example or you don’t lead at all
Truth # 9: The best leaders are the best learners
Truth # 10: Leadership is an affair of the heart
Once again, the authors are quick to point out the necessity of credible leadership that empowers and inspires people. I cannot recommend this book high enough. However, my encouragement is to read Kounzes’ and Posner’s earlier works before tackling this one.