Jim Kouzes, Dean’s executive fellow of leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
HR Most Influential 2012 International Thinker - position 16=
"His leadership model is simple and relevant"
"Scientifically validated research - challenging and innovative"
Kouzes is co-author with Barry Posner of the best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge, which has sold more than two million copies and is available in 22 languages.
The fifth edition of The Leadership Challenge was released in July 2012, marking the 25th anniversary of the book. In 2009 it was selected as one of the 100 best business books of all time by 800-CEO-READ, an online bookseller. 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. Kouzes and Posner have co-authored more than 30 other publications among them A Leader’s Legacy (2006), which was selected by Soundview Executive Book Summaries as one of the top 30 books of the year.
Kouzes and Posner have also developed the widely used and highly acclaimed Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), a 360-degree questionnaire assessing leadership behaviour. More than 500,000 leaders and three million observers have completed the LPI.
Kouzes is also a highly regarded leadership scholar, The Wall Street Journal cited him as one of the 12 best executive educators in the US. 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, 2011 and 2012, 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 16 on its list of the Top 100 Thought Leaders. Kouzes and Posner are also the recipients of the American Society for Training and Development 2009 Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award, presented in recognition of their extensive body of work and the significant impact they have had on learning and performance in the workplace.
Kouzes 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.
HR Most Influential 2011 International Thinker - position 16