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The Student Leadership Challenge: Five Practices for Exemplary Leaders

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Derived from the classic leadership book "The Leadership Challenge, " "Fourth Edition," this is a concise, focused primer on the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership for students. Grounded in the same extensive research as the best selling "The Leadership Challenge," this book uses examples and language to which students in higher education can relate. It also features r ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published October 8th 2009 by Jossey-Bass (first published August 1st 2008)
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it's about behavior:
1. model the way
2. inspire a shared vision
3. challenge the process
4. enable others to act
5. encourage the heart
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice, short little leadership book written by two of the biggies in the leadership field. I actually received a copy of this book for free at the last conference I went to, and had heard a lot of good things about it. I decided to give it a quick read in order to see if it was appropriate to assign to a group of student leaders for their summer reading - it certainly is.

While the concepts in this book might seem basic to more experienced student leaders, they are laid out in a very nic
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Read this for a project at work.

I feel like I could go either way on this. At first, it felt like it was written with a severe underestimation of students' intelligence. Very dumbed down. The intro chapters I could consider appropriate for late middle school or early high school students.
However, when the authors get to breaking down their five practices, it becomes much more undergrad-leadership-course appropriate. Very effective examples geared toward the undergrad student in any level of st
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a part of the Leading Change in Pharmacy elective and thought that it did a good job showing how the five practices can be lived out in student organizations. Most of what I appreciated about this book came as a result of learning more about the five practices and their practical implications. I thought that the book was geared more towards a high school or college audience, rather than a student doing post-graduate work, so there were a few times that I got a little bored wi ...more
Oct 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership
I specifically reviewed this book as a potential read in our pharmacy leadership course. I found it to be concise and quick. The "five practices" are memorable and make leadership more concrete. (Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, Encourage the Heart)

The concepts were clear and there was a good variety of student-relevant examples. What makes the book excellent, however, is the reflective exercises at the end of each chapters. Students taking th
Jay Dewey
Aug 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Kouzes and Posner took a easy spin off from their old standard The Leadership Challenge thinking that all they had to do was dumb down their classic and it would be fine for teens and people in the early years of college. Sorry, it does not work. How many high school students read self help books. What is written is based on findings from research on adults -- none of it based on research on teens. It's depth is paper thin.
Zoe Elizabeth
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-school
This is a great book for anyone who is a student in a leadership position, hoping to be one, or helping lead one.
James Williams
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I used this book for a class...great leadership philosophies and concepts!
Feb 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the five practices. Sometimes there are too many student anecdotes but the concepts are very accessible for students
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat simplified but an easy read. Straightforward and gives some practical examples.
Amanda Itliong
Jan 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it - can't you tell? My comment made the back of the book!! hehehe!
Abigail Clark
Although this book had very good points about leadership, it was at the same time very redundant. But I guess that was part of the point: to ingrain the five practices of exemplary leadership.
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