James Kouzes and Barry Posner are well-known and successful writers of leadership books for a reason: they do the research and they know how to bring it to life. Not all researchers understand how to teach, but this pair does. Their book, Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It , is an excellent choice for coaches working with new leaders or leaders moving into a new environment or role. I was once blown over by the presentation skills and warmth displayed by a new leader joining a newly merged unit.

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Preview — Credibility by James M. Kouzes ,. Barry Z. It's not about the corporation, the community, or the country. It's about you. If people don't believe in the messenger, they won't believe the message. If people don't believe in you, they won't believe in what you say. And if it's about you, then it's about your beliefs, your values, your principles. They provide rich examples of real managers in action and reveal the six key disciplines and related practices that strengthen a leader's capacity for developing and sustaining credibility.

Kouzes and Posner show how leaders can encourage greater initiative, risk-taking, and productivity by demonstrating trust in employees and resolving conflicts on the basis of principles, not positions. Get A Copy. Paperback , Revised , pages. Published February 10th by Jossey-Bass first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.

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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 02, Matias Myllyrinne rated it it was amazing. I was a little bit torn on this one to begin with, as most of the points seemed familiar and common. But once you take this work as a good recap and reminder, it is stellar.

Jul 23, Stephen rated it it was amazing. Timely treatment of an important leadership gap: credibility. Kouzes and Posner describe six principles for developing and maintaining leadership credibility. Best quotes: "threat, power, position, and money do not earn commitment; they earn compliance. And compliance produces adequacy, not greatness" p. Aug 26, Jim Razinha rated it liked it. Kouzes and Posner are masters at saying in many words what could be said in few.

I guess there's nothing wrong with that as people won't shell out big money for tracts. This might be a good primer for anyone completely unfamiliar with leadership concepts. If you have kept up with the trends, it is a wordy refresher.

But to be fair, told with nice anecdotes. Mar 09, Jeff Burket rated it it was amazing Shelves: leadership-society. I think this one deserves to be counted as one of the foundational leadership books; that will endure and continue to be worthwhile.

Main premise is that Credibility is central to effective leadership. Lots of great advice for leaders at all levels; a central takeaway and the heart of Credibility is that leaders 'Do what we say we will do.

Loyalty is not something a boss or anyone for that matter can demand or even command. It is something the people -the constituency- choose to grant to a leader who has earned it. When you ask others for feedback, you are telling them, in effect, "I am placing my trust in you. I trust that you are going to provide me with important and useful information about me, and I value your opinion.

There is nothing courageous about boldly saying you will launch a new product or turn around a factory if you know you have neither the skill nor the resources to do it successfully.

Leaders must be aware of the degree to which they actually have the capability to do what they say. And if they lack the necessary competence, they must dedicate themselves to acquiring it, or, if time is short and the demand is immediate, find someone better for the job. People cant do what they say if they don't know how they cant do what they say if they don't have the confidence in themselves to try they don't get feedback about how their doing if they don't have any choices about what to do if the climate's not there to learn.

When there's a high degree of transparency, and when information is easily available and accessible, people come to trust their leaders, team members and organizations.

Servant leaders put other peoples' needs first. Their measure of success is whether those who are served grow The more the leader talks, the less other people can contribute. The less others can contribute, the less they want to contribute the next time they're with the leader who doesn't listen. They believe they can influence the outcome and can turn the tide of events to their advantage.

They do not become resentful, bitter, or alienated. Instead they become engaged, involved, and committed. Leaders earn it. The gift of another's trust and confidence is well worth the struggle and essential to meeting the challenges of leading people to places they have never been before.

Excellent book that should be read by all leaders. The authors start out by saying that "credibility is the foundation of leadership" and that credibility is about how leaders earn the trust and confidence of those that lead.

The first chapter builds on that foundation and establishes the fact that good leadership is all about relationship. People are looking for leaders who are honest, caring, have integrity, are consistent, competent and are forward-looking.

Based on extensive research around Excellent book that should be read by all leaders. Based on extensive research around the globe, this book is a must read for all those who want to lead with effectiveness and integrity. While there is undoubtedly a western bias in terms of approach, my experience in 42 nations of the world working with NGO's, churches, ministries and organizations, tell me that there is much for us to learn no matter what part of the globe we live in.

The content of this book, with some contextualization is highly relevant and needed. I can't recommend it more highly. Shelves: non-fiction , audiobooks , business-essentials , own , jerk.

An easy-to-read research-based book that looks at what characteristics people want and expect from their leaders and the fundamental tensions that exist in trying to simultaneously be a good leader AND a good coworker. Feb 27, Joey rated it really liked it. I'm so pleased that I found this book because, even though it was written in , it really helped me to make sense of the leadership crisis in our educational institutions, financial institutions, and political institutions.

Credibility demands a commitment to "the common good," and we either can't agree on what that means or we don't care anymore. Still, this is an optimistic book full of practical wisdom backed by solid research. Aug 06, Soundview Executive Book Summaries rated it it was amazing Shelves: best-business-books. The book was the result of more than a decade of study of the rise and fall of credibility, both in the workplace and beyond.

At the time, as Kouzes told Soundview in an interview, credibility was reaching a low, particularly in the workplace. Neither author could have predicted what would occur during the following two decades. As they document in the newly updated edition of Credibility: How Leaders Gain It and Lose It, Why People Demand It , the roller-coaster ride of credibility stuttered its way back to a peak as the s gave way to the new millennium.

It was at that point that the wheels came off and with each successive crash Dot Com, Corporate, Global Financial credibility plummeted and dragged previously infallible institutions religion, small business, public schools with it.

Kouzes and Posner are among the best at turning mountains of research into manageable, memorable prose. It is jammed with new information and provides current case studies with organizations of every discipline and size.

Kouzes and Posner certainly do what they say they will do by delivering another outstanding examination of what makes the best leaders tick. Soundview's 8-page Executive Book Summary of Credibility is available here. Aug 11, Chris rated it it was amazing.


Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It

James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Revised Edition. Jossey-Bass, The rest of the book is a description of the components of character development, along with several exercises to help in that quest. They describe six disciplines of credibility: discovering yourself, appreciating constituents and their diversity, affirming shared values, developing capacity, serving a purpose, and sustaining hope. Together, these resources are regarded as one of the most effective secular resources on character development for leaders.


Credibility, by Kouzes and Posner — great for new leaders

Academic journal article Adult Learning. Credibility is a major component of leadership. People follow leaders who have earned the respect and trust of their followers. James Kouzes and Barry Posner explores the concept of credibility by explaining what leaders must do to earn and maintain their followers. Kouzes and Posner are two of the most distinguished educators in the field of organizational development. Previous joint book publications include the following: The Leadership Challenge 4th ed. This most recently revised edition, Credibility, is based on a longitudinal study of leadership practices found in an array of organizational settings.


Credibility Is the Foundation Of Leadership

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