The Student Leadership Challenge, Second Edition

Five Practices for Exemplary Leaders

Kouzes and Posner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership model has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals understand their leadership potential and develop as leaders. Based on more than 30 years of research on exactly what great leaders actually do, and distilled into five clear Practices, The Student Leadership Challenge, Second Edition will resonate with your students and help them to personally connect with The Five Practices.
James M.Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

In this updated and expanded second edition of The Student Leadership Challenge, James Kouzes and Barry Posner apply their extensive research and expertise to demonstrate that anyone can be a leader, regardless of age or experience. They challenge high school and undergraduate college students to examine their leadership actions and aspirations. Your students will learn from first-hand leadership stories from young leaders like themselves, helping them to deeply understand and explore The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership:
  • Model the Way
  • Inspire a Shared Vision
  • Challenge the Process
  • Enable Others to Act
  • Encourage the Heart
The book guides students through the concrete actions they can take to become exemplary leaders, from finding their voice and clarifying their values, to recognizing others’ contributions and celebrating others’ victories. The authors ask readers to reflect at the end of each chapter on their own leadership experiences and abilities now and for the future.

What's new:
  • Broader, deeper, and more vivid examples from real students around the world
  • A new chapter on the research behind the model
  • A new chapter on the post-graduate transition into working life
  • Each copy includes an access code so students can take the Student Leadership Practices Inventory Self Online, a brief, 30-question assessment to help them explore their own leadership behaviors and skills and determine the steps they can take to liberate the leader within and become their best selves

Table of Contents

Preface: Making Extraordinary Things Happen with Others xi

1 Introduction: When People Are at Their Best as Leaders 3

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership


2 Commitment #1: Clarify Values 22

Find Your Voice

Affirm Shared Values

3 Commitment #2: Set the Example 40

Live the Shared Values

Teach Others to Model the Values


4 Commitment #3: Envision the Future 66

Imagine the Possibilities

Find a Common Purpose

5 Commitment #4: Enlist Others 89

Appeal to Common Ideals

Animate the Vision


6 Commitment #5: Search for Opportunities 114

Seize the Initiative

Exercise Outsight

7 Commitment #6: Experiment and Take Risks 136

Generate Small Wins

Learn from Experience


8 Commitment #7: Foster Collaboration 164

Create a Climate of Trust

Facilitate Relationships

9 Commitment #8: Strengthen Others 186

Enhance Self-Determination

Coach for Competence and Confi dence


10 Commitment #9: Recognize Contributions 212

Expect the Best

Personalize Recognition

11 Commitment #10: Celebrate the Values and the Victories 234

Create a Spirit of Community

Get Personally Involved

12 A Call to Action for Young Leaders 257

Your Continuing Leadership Journey

Acknowledgments 269

About the Authors 273

Index 277

Additional Resources

What they are saying...

"[The Student Leadership Challenge] (book) is a gift to university educators who teach leadership courses or develop trainings. workshops, and retreats."
– Laura Osteen
Florida State University

What they are saying...

"This is a great opportunity for any person looking to develop a program that involves The Student Leadership Challenge."
– Miguel Trevino
Texas A&M International University

What they are saying...

"Employers are looking for students who have content knowledge and practical experience working in teams and leading others. The Student Leadership Challenge is an excellent example of the behaviors needed to accomplish extraordinary tasks that can get you noticed by a potential employer."
– Kevin Bailey, vice president for student affairs
University of West Florida

What they are saying...

"Within the academy, we are constantly seeking additional tools to assist us in teaching the valuable lesson of leadership development for students. The Student Leadership Challenge is an excellent resource to assist in the important goal of helping students to become better leaders and, ultimately, stellar citizens in the communities of the world.
– Victor K Wilson, vice president for student affairs
The University of Geogia

What they are saying...

"In our public service leadership programs and courses we will be able to easily use the many relevant and engaging activities and reflection exercises provided in this workbook. It will enable our students to better engage with and benefit from The Student Leadership Challenge, and will also help foster their personal leadership development journeys."
– Jon McConnell, associate director,
Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University

What they are saying...

"Every young person dreams of doing something extraordinary. The Student Leadership Challenge provides everything this generation needs to turn a dream into reality."
– Brian C. Warren Jr., executive director
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity

What they are saying...

"A fantastic resource for leadership educators looking to further develop students’ understanding of The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership in a tangible, hands-on way! It offers engaging activities that are sure to make an impact on your student leaders. This activity book is a great supplement to The Student Leadership Challenge, bringing the original concepts off the page and into the real world.
– Kimberly Piatt, coordinator of leadership development
The College at Brockport.

What they are saying...

"The Facilitation and Activity Guide would have helped me not only to develop a better leadership program but to be a better leader myself. For those administering The Five Practices, this guide ‘Models the way’ and will be one of your best coaches."
– Sam Eriksmoen, former director, Emerging Leaders Program
University of North Dakota