Jim Kouzes, MCEC: 2015 ACEC International Thought Leader

Jim Kouzes, MCEC: 2015 ACEC International Thought Leader

Jim Kouzes in the bestselling author and award winning speaker; named as one of the top 12 educators in America by the Wall Street Journal.

Jim Kouzes is the co-author with Barry Posner of the award-winning and best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge, with over 2 million copies in print. He’s also the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.

The fifth edition of The Leadership Challenge was released in 2012 and is available in 22 languages. It was selected by Fast Company as one of the 2012 Best Business Books of the Year, was on the 2013 Wall Street Journal bestseller list, an Amazon Editor’s Pick in 2007, and the winner of the 1995-96 Critics’ Choice Award. It has been named one of the 100 best business books of all time by 800-CEO-READ. Jim and Barry have coauthored over thirty other publications including The Truth About Leadership, A Leader’s Legacy, Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It, Encouraging the Heart, and The Leadership Challenge Workbook, and the Encouraging the Heart Workbook.

Jim and Barry also developed the highly acclaimed Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), a 360-degree leadership assessment questionnaire, and it is the top-selling off-the-shelf leadership assessment instrument in the world.

Jim is the 2010 recipient of the Thought Leadership Award from the Instructional Systems Association, and for 4 years in a row named to HR Magazines Most Influential International Thinkers. In 2006 he was presented with the Golden Gavel by Toastmasters International. Jim and Barry are the recipients of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) 2009 Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award. The International Management Council (IMC) honored Jim and Barry as the 2001 recipients of the prestigious Wilbur M. McFeely Award for their outstanding contributions to management and leadership education.

Not only is Jim a highly regarded leadership scholar, The Wall Street Journal cited Jim as one of the twelve best executive educators in the U.S.

Specialties: Leadership assessment and coaching, leadership skills development, keynote presentations, research and writing

Jim Kouzes is a bestselling author, an award-winning speaker and, according to the Wall Street Journal, one of the twelve best executive educators in the United States.

Jim Kouzes has been thinking about leadership ever since he was one of only a dozen
Eagle Scouts to be selected to serve in John F. Kennedy’s honor guardwhen Kennedy
was inaugurated President of the United States. Kennedy’s inaugural call to action —“Ask
not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” — inspired Jim to join
the Peace Corps, and he taught school in Turkey for two years. That experience made Jim realize that he wanted a career that offered two things: the chance to teach and the opportunity to serve. It was in his first job back in the U.S. where Jim trained community action agency managers that he found his calling. Jim has devoted his life to leadership development ever since.

Currently Jim is Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, at Santa Clara University,

A highly-regarded leadership scholar and an experienced executive, Jim served as president, CEO, and chairman of the Tom Peters Company from 1988 through 1999, and prior to that led the Executive Development Center at Santa Clara University (1981–1987). He founded the Joint Center for Human Services Development at San Jose State University (1972–1980) and was on the staff of the School of Social Work, University of Texas. His career in training and development began in 1969 when he conducted seminars for Community Action Agency staff and volunteers in the war on poverty. Following graduation from Michigan State University (BA degree with honors in political science), he served as a Peace Corps volunteer (1967–1969). You can reach Jim via email at jim@kouzes.com.

KEYNOTE: Jim Kouzes: Great Leadership Creates Great Workplaces

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Bestselling author and award winning speaker; named as one of the top 12 educators in America by the Wall Street Journal                                         The key to making extraordinary things happen in organizations is great leadership. It contributes more to positive outcomes than any other single factor. In his keynote address, Jim Kouzes, co-author of the award-winning […]

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