Barry Posner

Leadership, Management

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Barry Posner Profile

    • Barry Posner, Ph.D., is Professor of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University (located in the heart of Silicon Valley, CA), where he served for 12 years as Dean of the School. He, along with his co-author Jim Kouzes, received the American Society for Training and Development′s highest award for their “Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance.” The International Management Council named them as the nation’s top management and leadership educators, and he was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 Leadership Coaches in America.

Dr. Posner is the co-author of the award-winning and best-selling leadership book The Leadership Challenge. Described as a groundbreaking research study, this book combines keen insights with practical applications and captures both why and how leadership is everyone′s business. With over 1.8 million copies in print, this book has been named one of The Top 100 Business Books of All Time, book-of-the-year by the American Council of Health Care Executives, received the Critic′s Choice Award from book review editors, and translated into over 20 foreign languages.

The Leadership Practices Inventory has been called “the most reliable, up-to-date leadership instrument available today,” and over 1.1 million people around the globe have completed the online version. Dr. Posner has also co-authored several other award-winning, inspiring and practical books on leadership: Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It; Encouraging the Heart: A Leaders Guide to Recognizing and Rewarding Others; The Academic Administrator′s Guide to Exemplary Leadership; and A Leader′s Legacy.

Dr. Posner is an internationally renowned scholar who has published more than 85 research and practitioner-oriented articles, in such journals as the: Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Relations, Personnel Psychology, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and the like. He is currently on the editorial review boards of the International Journal of Servant-Leadership, Leadership and Organizational Development, and Leadership Review. He serves on the Board of Directors for the San Jose Repertory Theatre and EMQ Family First.

Described as a warm, engaging and pragmatic conference speaker and dynamic workshop facilitator, Dr. Posner has worked with such organizations as: Alcoa, Applied Materials, Australian Institute of Management, Charles Schwab, Conference Board of Canada, Hewlett-Packard, Kaiser Permanente Health Care, L.L. Bean, Levi Strauss, Merck, Motorola, NetApp, Trader Joe′s, US Postal Service, and been involved with leadership development efforts at more than 35 college campuses. He has made presentations and conducted workshops across the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Barry Posner received an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a master′s degree from the Ohio State University in public administration, and his Ph.D. in organizational behavior and administrative theory from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. At Santa Clara he has received the President′s Distinguished Faculty Award, the School’s Extraordinary Faculty Award, and several other outstanding teaching and leadership honors.

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    Suggested Speaking Topics:

    • The Leadership Challenge: The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®
    • Credibility: The Foundation of Leadership [Alternate title: The Legacy You Leave Is the Life You Lead]
    • Encouraging the Heart: Rewarding and Recognizing Others [Alternate title: The Heart and Soul of Leadership]
    • Leadership Development Is Self-Development
    • It Takes Courage to Make a Life

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Books by Barry Posner:

    The Leadership Challenge
    The Leadership Challenge has become one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. Now, with the publication of the fourth edition of their landmark book, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner celebrate twenty-five years of leadership excellence.

    The Leadership Challenge—the most trusted source on becoming a better leader—has been thoroughly updated and revised for a new generation of leaders living and working in a global environment. Building on the knowledge base of the previous books, the fourth edition is grounded in research and presents extensive interviews with a diverse group of leaders at all levels in a wide variety of organizations from around the world. The authors emphasize that the fundamentals of leadership are not a fad. While the context of leadership has changed dramatically, the content of leadership has endured the test of time.

    With scores of new case studies and a timeless and inspiring message, The Leadership Challenge is a “personal coach in a book,” guiding readers through the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®. When leaders understand that leadership is a relationship and they begin to engage in the Five Practices— Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart—they are better able to embark on a lifetime of success and significance.

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    The Truth about Leadership: The No-fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know
    In these turbulent times when the very foundations of organizations and societies are being shaken, leaders need to move beyond the pessimistic predictions, the trendy fads, and the simplistic solutions. They need to turn to what′s real and what′s proven, to understand what the evidence tells us about how exemplary leaders get extraordinary things done. This is the imperative that bestselling, award-winning authors James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner have undertaken in their engaging, personal, and bold new book, The Truth About Leadership.

    Based on thirty years of research—and more than one million responses to Kouzes and Posner′s leadership assessment—this all-new work explores the fundamental, enduring truths of leadership that hold constant regardless of context or circumstance. In ten time-tested truths, Kouzes and Posner reveal what all leaders must know, the questions they must be prepared to answer, and the real-world issues they will likely face.

    For nearly three decades, Kouzes and Posner′s The Leadership Challenge has helped people discover and develop their leadership potential. The Truth About Leadership will show emerging leaders the heart of leadership and what they need to know to be effective; fans of The Leadership Challenge will find a dynamic new look at what it means to lead today. This is a book leaders can use to do their real and necessary work—bringing about theessential changes that will renew organizationsand communities.

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