Jim Kouzes




The co-author of the international acclaimed bestseller The Leadership Challenge®, Jim Kouzes has been passionate about leadership from a very young age. He has since become a highly regarded leadership scholar and has won recognition around the world.

Kouzes is also an award-winning speaker and has been cited as one of the twelve best executive educators in the United States by The Wall Street Journal. He served as the president, CEO and then chairman of the Tom Peters Company from 1988 to 2000. Jim also founded and directed the Joint Center for Human Services Development at San Jose State University and was also the director of the Executive Development Center at Santa Clara University.

Kouzes is the 2010 recipient of the Thought Leadership Award from the Instructional Systems Association. The Leadership Excellence magazine ranked him as number sixteen on its list of Top 100 Thought Leaders. He was presented with the Golden Gavel in 2006, the highest honor awarded by Toastmasters International.

The Leadership Challenge® is based on 25 years of research with several thousands of personal best leadership stories collated from ordinary people who were community leaders, student leaders, church leaders and government leaders, among others. A model of leadership was then developed from an analysis of these cases, and was subsequently accompanied by a quantitative instrument - the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). The Leadership Challenge® and its authors have received various awards.

about our partnership

PACE is honoured to collaborate with Kouzes and co-author Barry Posner on The Leadership Challenge®.
Having three Certified Masters, PACE has the best faculty in Asia to offer The Leadership Challenge workshop®.

Watch what Jim Kouzes has to say about PACE & The Leadership Challenge