Interview with Jim Kouzes

Encouraging the Heart of Leadership

Jim has co-authored over a dozen other books, including Learning Leadership, The Truth About Leadership, Credibility, Encouraging the Heart, and A Leader’s Legacy, as well as the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI)—the top-selling off-the-shelf leadership assessment in the world. The Wall Street Journal named Jim one of the ten best executive educators in the U.S., and he received the Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

He was presented the Thought Leader Award by the Instructional Systems Association. Jim has also been recognized as one of HR Magazine’s Top 20 Most Influential International Thinkers, as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America in, and selected by Global Gurus as one of the Top 30 Leadership Gurus.

I spoke with leadership researcher, expert and educator, Jim Kouzes about encouraging the heart of leadership and its links to the head, heart and gut embodied neural intelligences. Jim is the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University and the coauthor with Barry Posner of the internationally award-winning and best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge, now in its sixth edition, with over 2.5 million copies sold.

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