Jim Kouzes

Jim Kouzes

Coauthor of The Leadership Challenge & Credibility
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The Truth About Leadership: The No-Fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know.
Based on thirty years of original research, Jim Kouzes explores the fundamental, enduring truths about leadership that hold constant regardless of context or circumstance. These time-tested truths reveal what leaders must know and the questions they must be prepared to answer if they are going to have a sustainable impact on their constituents and organizations. In this session, you’ll learn what the ten truths are and how you can apply them to your work as a leader.

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations
Since 1983 Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have been researching leadership. They’ve examined real-life cases and analyzed 360-degree assessments from hundreds of thousands of leaders and over two million observers. From their analyses of the data they've found that there are Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® that leaders demonstrate when performing at their best. Exemplary leaders Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart. In this session, you will learn what leaders actually do to exhibit these practices and how you can apply them to your daily work.

The Credible Leader: How to Strengthen and Sustain Authenticity and Integrity
Our research shows conclusively that people around the globe want leaders who are honest, forward-looking, inspiring, and competent. While these results aren't surprising, they are extraordinarily significant to leaders because three of these four characteristics comprise what communications experts refer to as "source credibility." Personal credibility is the foundation of leadership. In this session you will learn the six disciplines of earning and sustaining credibility, and you’ll learn how you can apply them in your work as a leader.

Leading in Turbulent Times: Seven Ways to Strengthen Resilience in Your Organization
As surprising as it may sound, in challenging and difficult times we are likely to see more extraordinary leadership than in times of stability. Leaders, it turns out, don’t do their best when they're maintaining the status quo or when they feel comfortable. They do their best when faced with adversity, crisis, setbacks, and great difficulty. Challenge is the opportunity for greatness. In this session, you’ll learn seven strategies for turning adversity into opportunity, and challenge into positive change.

You Can't Do It Alone: What It Takes to Create a High-Performing Team
The "Lone Ranger" view of leadership is pure myth. When it comes to superior performance, not one leader has ever done anything extraordinary by himself or herself. Collaboration out-produces both competition and individualistic efforts when it comes to achieving excellence. In this session, you’ll learn the essentials for fostering collaboration and strengthening others. You’ll learn what it takes to build trust and increase the sense of competence and confidence in your teams.

Encouraging the Heart: A Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others
Making extraordinary things happen in organizations is hard work. The challenges are immense and sometimes frightening. Against these odds leaders must provide encouragement and hope. In this session you will learn the Seven Essentials of Encouraging the Heart, and you will apply them to a specific leadership challenge that you face.

A Leader's Legacy: Affirming the Difference You Want to Make in the World
There are countless opportunities to make a difference. Each and every day there are many moments when you can choose to lead and many moments when you can choose to make a difference. All of these moments serve up the prospect of contributing to a lasting legacy. And the legacy you leave is the LIFE you lead. In this session you will learn the four primary ways you leave a legacy, and you will reflect on how you want to make a difference in all of them. When you leave this session, you will have a much clearer idea of the difference you want to make at home, at work, and in the community.

Leadership Is Everyone's Business: It’s Not About Position It’s About What You Do
Leadership is not the private reserve of a few charismatic men and women. It’s a set of skills and abilities learnable by anyone. What you do is far more important than your title, your level, your function, your industry, your educational background, your gender, or any other demographic variable. The truest test of leadership is whether you turn your followers into leaders. In this session you’ll learn what people most expect of their leaders, who their most important leader role models are, and the universal and enduring practices that leaders demonstrate to make extraordinary things happen in organizations.

Why Book Jim Kouzes?

  • His programs are innovative and creative and build cohesiveness among employees, help them focus on group goals and objectives, and develop as leaders.

  • He turns the abstract concept of leadership into easy-to-grasp practices and behaviors that can be taught.

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    Jim Kouzes is a bestselling author, an award-winning speaker and, according to the Wall Street Journal, one of the twelve best executive educators in the United States. 

    Jim Kouzes has been thinking about leadership ever since he was one of only a dozen Eagle Scouts to be selected to serve in John F. Kennedy’s honor guard when Kennedy was inaugurated President of the United States. Kennedy’s inaugural call to action —“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” — inspired Jim to join the Peace Corps, and he taught school in Turkey for two years. That experience made Jim realize that he wanted a career that offered two things: the chance to teach and the opportunity to serve. It was in his first job back in the U.S. where Jim trained community action agency managers that he found his calling. Jim has devoted his life to leadership development ever since. 

    Currently Jim is Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, at Santa Clara University, and also lectures on leadership around the world to corporations, governments, and nonprofits. In 2010, Jim received the Thought Leadership Award from the Instructional Systems Association, the most prestigious award given by the trade association of training and development industry providers. He was listed as one of HR Magazine’s Most Influential International Thinkers for 2010 and 2011, named one of the 2010 and 2011 Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America, and ranked by Leadership Excellence magazine as number sixteen on its list of the Top 100 Thought Leaders. In 2006, Jim was presented with the Golden Gavel, the highest honor awarded by Toastmasters International. 

    A highly-regarded leadership scholar and an experienced executive, Jim served as president, CEO, and chairman of the Tom Peters Company from 1988 through 1999, and prior to that led the Executive Development Center at Santa Clara University (1981–1987). He founded the Joint Center for Human Services Development at San Jose State University (1972–1980) and was on the staff of the School of Social Work, University of Texas. His career in training and development began in 1969 when he conducted seminars for Community Action Agency staff and volunteers in the war on poverty. Following graduation from Michigan State University (BA degree with honors in political science), he served as a Peace Corps volunteer (1967–1969).

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    "Jim is super down to earth and he’s happy to customize his talk to make it relevant to your audience. He’s wonderfully engaging with great take-aways."
    --Monsanto Company

    "Jim Kouzes' presentation to community leaders and our students alike was inspirational, authentic and genuine. His passion and vocation to leadership practices shined through with his overall presence, each word he spoke and every gesture he made. He made each person believe they were the only person in the room. Simply spectacular."
    --Alvernia University

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