Our Favorite Leadership Book of 2010: The Truth About Leadership

Jan 28, 2011

The brevity of this book belies its importance. Kouzes and Posner distill three decades of research and one million surveys across sevnty countries into ten fundamental truths about leadership – and package it up in this compelling read. I won't do them justice here, but since you are likely awaiting the ten truths, here they are:

  1. You make a difference.
  2. Credibility is the foundation of leadership.
  3. Values drive commitment.
  4. Focusing on the future sets leaders apart.
  5. You can't do it alone.
  6. Trust rules.
  7. Challenge is the crucible for greatness.
  8. You either leader by example or you don't lead at all.
  9. The best leaders are the best learners.
  10. Leadership is an affair of the heart.

These are not practices, skills, or attributes of leaders – they are the fundamentals of leadership itself. We will be returning to these truths in subsequent posts that lend context to them (e.g., what does it mean for workforce leaders to focus on the future?).