Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge


Lovett Weems reviews Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challengethe leadership book that Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner wrote in collaboration with religious leaders.

For more than twenty years, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have had a profound impact on the way leaders think about their work. While their research has been primarily in the business world, their work is read and quoted widely in the nonprofit sector, including among church leaders.

Their most widely known book is The Leadership Challenge. This book, which has sold over a million copies worldwide, is based upon thousands of responses to surveys seeking to discover what followers most need and want from their leaders.

From their research emerged five exemplary leadership practices that they named 1) Model the Way, 2) Inspire a Shared Vision, 3) Challenge the Process, 4) Enable Others to Act, and 5) Encourage the Heart. They have developed an assessment feedback instrument, the Leadership Practices Inventory (, designed to help leaders assess their effectiveness in these five areas.

In this new book, Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge, Kouzes and Posner have teamed with
John Maxwell, Ken Blanchard, Patrick Lencioni, David McAllister-Wilson (president of Wesley Theological Seminary), and Nancy Ortberg to discuss how Christian leaders can learn to apply those five exemplary practices. All the writers provide practical guidance and inspiring examples about how Christian leaders can serve both effectively and faithfully. They share insights and stories from personal experience and the lives of other Christian leaders who have accoLeadership Challengemplished extraordinarythings in a variety of churches and communities.

Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge (Jossey-Bass), edited by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, is available from Amazon and Cokesbury.



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