The quality of leadership you provide has a significant impact on the people you lead. After analyzing decades of research, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner confirm this statement with some very compelling data. See how your leadership can positively—or negatively—make a difference.
James M. Kouzes
& Barry Z. Posner
Makes A Difference
After more than 30 years
of extensive research,
the evidence is conclusive:
Leadership matters to people’s
commitment at work,
their willingness to work hard
and take initiative, the meaning
they derive from their efforts,
and their overall ability to
perform beyond the ordinary.
Research clearly shows that exemplary leaders
have a positive effect on these outcomes—
as well as on other actions that enable people
to make extraordinary things happen.
Exemplary leaders bring out
the best in individuals,
teams, and organizations.
Studies have found that when
leaders are at their best, they:
and set the
and take risks
Leaders encourage people
to take initiative.
94% of direct reports are “willing to work hard” when
leaders very frequently or almost always challenge
them to try out new and innovative ways to do their work
compared to only 5% of direct reports when leaders almost never
or rarely challenge people.
By responding to the challenge, people feel a greater sense of
accomplishment and are more willing to act on opportunities to
take initiative and stretch themselves.
a spirit of community.
People feel more connected
when their leaders provide a lot
of appreciation and support for
contributions. In fact, nearly 90%
of people feel a strong sense
of team spirit when their
leaders very frequently or almost
always engage in this behavior.
Conversely, less than a third of
people feel a sense of team spirit
under leaders who almost never or
rarely engage in this behavior.
Our research confirms that leadership
makes a difference. That difference
can be negative or it can be positive.
do you want to make
through your leadership?
Discover more in the new edition
of The Leadership Challenge.
JIM KOUZES and BARRY POSNER have authored more than a
dozen award-winning leadership books, including the bestselling
book The Leadership Challenge. They have been working together
for more than 35 years studying leaders, researching leadership,
conducting leadership development seminars, and serving as
leaders themselves in various capacities.
Jim and Barry are on the faculty of the Leavey School of Business
at Santa Clara University (in the heart of Silicon Valley).