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ODE Recommended Reading: November 6, 2019

"The Leadership Challenge" (sixth edition) by Kouzes and Posner

Our first recommendation is "The Leadership Challenge" (sixth edition) by Kouzes and Posner. This should be the first leadership book in any professional’s library. According to, the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership(R)–the model that Jim and Barry derived from studying personal-best leadership experiences–continues to prove its validity as a clear, evidence-based path to achieving the extraordinary for individuals, teams, organizations, and communities. Real-life examples of the behaviors that all leaders at all levels demonstrate when they are at their personal best are provided, and the book clearly shows that leadership is not about personality; it's about an observable and learnable set of skills and abilities. "The Leadership Challenge" turns the abstract concept of leadership into easy-to-grasp actions and behaviors that can be learned by anyone willing to step up and accept the challenge to lead.

Once a month, Organizational Development & Engagement will recommend a book for personal professional development.