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Keynote speaker Jim Kouzes has authored and co-authored a number of successful and acclaimed management and leadership books. Most noteworthy is his collaboration with Barry Bosner on The Leadership Challenge. Jim is a popular speaker and has extensive experience and knowledge on leadership.
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Jim Kouzes is one of the authors behind the award-winning and best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge, which has sold over 2 million copies. He is also the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.
The fourth edition of The Leadership Challenge wasreleased in August 2007 and it is now available in more than twenty languages. In 2009 The Leadership Challenge was selected as one of the 100 best business books of all time by 800-CEO-READ, an online bookseller. It was one of Amazon Editor’s Pick for one of 2007’s Best Business Books, 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 (2006) 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 Posner have coauthored over thirty other publications including Encouraging the Heart (1999, 2003), The Leadership Challenge Workbook (1999, 2003), A Leader’s Legacy (2006), and The Truth About Leadership (2010). Their newest book is the second addition of the award-winning Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It. All their books are extensively researched-based, and over 500 doctoral dissertations and academic studies have been based on their original work.
Jim and Barry have 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.
In addition to being 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 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. Jim and Barry are the recipients of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) 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.
Jim is also an experienced executive. From 1988-2000 he served as president, then CEO and chairman of the Tom Peters Company. 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. Jim believes he was first inspired to dedicate himself to leadership on January 20, 1961. That was the day he was one of only a dozen Eagle Scouts who served in John F. Kennedy’s Honor Guard at the Presidential Inauguration.