Leadership Challenge: How To Make Extraordinary Things Happen In Organizations by Kouzes and Posner is an excellent reference for developing a workable leadership style. According to the authors, leaders have basic qualities. Examples of these are seen in people who are fearless, creative and collaborative. Leaders model the way to proceed and shape a practical vision.
Oftentimes, leaders have the confidence in themselves to enable others to act without too much micro-management. In addition, the authors emphasize the importance of risk taking over a flight to safety and dwelling too much on security. A hallmark of leadership is the ability to engender innovative approaches to carry the organization to a higher level.
The authors remind readers of the expectations of people who serve under the command of a leader. Overwhelmingly, people look for a forward looking person who inspires and is competent. In addition, people look to the values of the leaders and the institution itself.
The authors stress that leaders forge unity–they do not force it. A good leader envisions the future and enlists others to join in that shared vision. In addition, a good leader is forever interested in new ideas and ways of doing things. Leaders take risks and learn from their errors.
Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner transcends the standard management approaches in favor of providing an interesting rendition on leadership and the expectations of staff under the command of a designated leader. The authors present a bold vision for leaders to implement and follow.
There is a very extensive bibliography of reference works. Examples of citations include the Academy of Management Executives, the Atlantic, the Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The presentation is easy to read and understand. This book distinguishes from all others in emphasizing what people expect from their leaders.