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The Truth About Leadership

The Truth About Leadership

What skills make managers effective and how to develop these skills?

Author(s): James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

Date of publication: 2010

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What establishes the credibility of leaders? What ensures they will be more or less followed or have more or less impact on those around them? James Mr. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner conducted years of research to produce a detailed analysis of the skills that make managers effective.
According to the authors, good leaders are not just good organizers and decision makers, but must also possess the pillars of communal action - namely, the ability to build trust, express and manifest personal values, and learn continuously and challenge the status quo. Rather than stick to general principles, they shed light on how to go about developing these pillars. For example, they underline the fact that trust cannot exist without developing a minimum of interpersonal rapport and that the leader’s attentiveness has a decisive impact.
A book that particularly touches upon the aspects of leadership linked to emotional intelligence and exemplarity.