Keynote Speaker Jim Kouzes

Jim Kouzes

Leadership Expert and Bestselling Co-Author of The Leadership Challenge

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $30,001 - $40,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    California, USA

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Key Accomplishments Include . . . 
Jim Kouzes is the coauthor with Barry Posner of the award-winning and best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge, with over 2 million copies sold and available in 22 languages. He’s also the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.

The fifth edition of The Leadership Challenge was released in July 2012, marking the 25th anniversary of the book. It debuted as #1 on Amazon’s leadership bestseller list and was selected by FastCompany as one of the 2012 Best Business Books of the Year and was on the 2013 Wall Street Journal bestseller list. In 2009 The Leadership Challenge was selected as one of the 100 best business books of all time by 800-CEO-READ. It was an Amazon Editor’s Pick for one of the Best Business Books of 2007, as well as the winner of the 1995-96 Critics’ Choice Award, and the 1989 James A. Hamilton Hospital Administrators’ Book Award. Their book A Leader’s Legacy was selected by Soundview Executive Book Summaries as one of the top thirty books of the year and by the Globe and Mail (Canada) as one of the top ten books of 2006. Jim and Barry have coauthored over thirty other publications including Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Asia, Encouraging the Heart, The Leadership Challenge Workbook, and The Truth About Leadership. Their book award-winning Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It was chosen by Industry Week as one of the ten best management books of the year.

All of their books are extensively research-based, and over 500 doctoral dissertations and academic studies have been based on their original research. Jim and Barry also developed the widely used and highly acclaimed Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), a 360-degree questionnaire assessing leadership behavior. Over 500,000 leaders and 3 million observers have completed the LPI. It is the top-selling off-the-shelf leadership
assessment instrument in the world, and has been called “the most reliable, up-to-date leadership instrument available today.”

Not only is Jim a highly regarded leadership scholar, The Wall Street Journal cited Jim as one of the twelve best executive educators in the U.S. He is the 2010 recipient of the Thought Leadership Award from the Instructional Systems Association, listed as one of HR Magazine’s Most Influential International Thinkers for 2010-2012, named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America in 2010-2014, and ranked by Leadership Excellence magazine as number sixteen on its list of the Top 100 Thought Leaders over the last 10 years. In 2006 Jim was presented with the Golden Gavel, the highest honor awarded by Toastmasters International. Jim and Barry are the recipients of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) 2009 Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award. The International Management Council (IMC) honored Jim and Barry as the 2001 recipients of the prestigious Wilbur M. McFeely Award for their
outstanding contributions to management and leadership education.

More About Jim Kouzes. . .
Jim is also an experienced executive. He served as president, then CEO and chairman of the Tom Peters Company from 1988-until 2000. Prior to his tenure at TPC he directed the Executive Development Center at Santa Clara University from 1981 through 1987. He also founded the Joint Center for Human Services Development at San Jose State University, which he directed from 1972 until 1980. Jim’s lifelong career in education began in 1967-1969 when he served for two years in the Peace Corps.

The Leadership Challenge Workshop®

The purpose of The Leadership Challenge® Workshop is to improve the abilities of participants to lead others to get extraordinary things done in their organizations.

Leadership Is Learned

In our research, analyzing survey and case data collected over 25 years from leaders in a variety of private and public sector organizations, we have found that there are Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®. We’ve also found that these practices can be learned. Here’s what we’ve discovered:

Leaders Model the Way. Leaders have strong beliefs about matters of principle. To be able to clearly articulate their beliefs, leaders find their voice by clarifying personal values. But clarity is not enough. To be credible, leaders do what they say they will do. They set the example by aligning actions with shared values.

Leaders Inspire a Shared Vision. They look across the horizon of time and envision an ennobling and uplifting future. Leaders are positive, they bring the future to life, and they enlist others in a common cause.

Leaders Challenge the Process. They are pioneers, willing to step out and change the way things are. They experiment and take risks and learn from the accompanying mistakes.

Leaders Enable Others to Act. They know they cannot do it alone, so they foster collaboration and strengthen others. By actively involving people in planning and decision-making, and through daily acts of trust and respect, leaders increase the competence and confidence of their constituents

Leaders Encourage the Heart. The climb to the top is arduous and steep, and because leaders ask constituents to carry out difficult tasks, they recognize and reward individuals along the way, and they celebrate the achievement of milestones. Genuine acts of caring draw people forward.


As a result of participating in The Leadership Challenge® Workshop, you will be able to:

1. Describe Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® which individuals use to get extraordinary things done in organizations.

2. Describe the essential qualities that people look for and admire in leaders and their implications for your own practices.

3. Articulate the leadership aspirations or values which you believe should guide the actions of the group you lead.

4. Apply at least one useful leadership technique for each of The Five Practices.

5. Make commitments on what we will each do as leaders to contribute to getting extraordinary things done in our organizations.

Session Description

Using a variety of learning methods — including case presentations, individual exercises, lecture, group discussion, and other experiential activities — participants will learn practical ways to guide others to get extraordinary things done in their organizations.


• My Personal Best Leadership Experience
• Characteristics of an Admired Leaders (CAL)
• The Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI)


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