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Book Review: Leadership Challenge: How To Make Extraordinary Things Happen In Organizations by Kouzes and Posner

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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.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.
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