A Leader's Legacy by James M. Kouzes

By James M. Kouzes

During this provocative booklet, management specialists and authors of the best-selling The management problem, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner tackle a distinct problem and discover the query of management and legacy. Kouzes and Posner research in twenty-two chapters the severe questions all leaders needs to ask themselves which will go away a long-lasting effect. those strong essays are grouped into 4 different types: value, Relationships, Aspirations, and braveness. In every one essay the authors reflect on a thorny and sometimes ambiguous factor with which today’s leaders needs to grapple issues—such as how leaders serve and sacrifice, why leaders want loving critics, why leaders may want to be cherished, why leaders cannot take belief with no consideration, why it’s not only the leader’s imaginative and prescient, why failure is usually an alternative, why it takes braveness to “make a life,” the way to unencumber the chief in every person, and finally, how the legacy you permit is the lifestyles you lead.

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Would anybody come at all? Would they be suspicious of why we were getting together in such an informal atmosphere, outside of our traditional offices? Eventually, one by one, my colleagues started to arrive. c06 6/21/06 9:49 AM Page 54 a l e a d e r’s l e g a c y We sat there in awkward silence, staring at our menus for a few minutes, until I finally decided to come clean. I told them there was no specific job-related reason why we were getting together. All I wanted to do was to break down those boss-subordinate barriers, and get to know them better.

We were sharing this story one day with a group of people from a number of different organizations, and one participant—we’ll call him Mike—said he could underscore just how important this point was by telling his own story about his new CEO. It seems this new chief executive was making the rounds in Mike’s company, talking about his vision for the firm and how people needed to execute on it. “The CEO was there,” Mike explained, “supposedly so people could get to know him. ” Mike exclaimed excitedly.

Can’t we both like and respect a person?

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