Reviewers have described the book as a combination business and self-help text, and as one of the five most important leadership books ever written. Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have set forth five basic precepts of leadership in their leadership program The Leadership Challenge, a concept and a book which sets forth the skills and traits which make for great and dynamic leaders. Jackalyn Rainosek and Liz Cloud, co-founders of DTP Leadership in Houston, Texas in the United States, are certified masters in the instruction of The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, offering leadership seminars to groups and organizations which utilize the research of Kouzes and Posner. The program believes that leadership is a collection of skills and abilities which can be seen and heard, an idea refined from the Personal Best stories of thousands of ordinary people who revealed their experiences with the best of leadership. Similar patterns of behavior emerged from these stories, and Kouzes and Posner found five core practices that the best leaders have in common: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart.
Jackalyn Rainosek and Liz Cloud of DTP Leadership in Houston, Texas in the United States have built their leadership seminars and training programs around the precepts of The Leadership Challenge, a dynamic teaching tool for leaders developed by academicians Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. Their book The Leadership Challenge was first published in 1987, and over the years has sold more than two million copies. Translated into 20 languages, the fifth edition of The Leadership Challenge was released in 2012, its twenty-fifth anniversary. Barry Posner reflected on the emergence of the 5th edition that honing one’s leadership skills is akin to maintaining the health of the body throughout one’s life, an ongoing endeavor. The fifth edition of The Leadership Challenge has included contemporary stories and examples as teaching tools, and is used in leadership classes at St. Catherine University.