Integral Leadership Council Member

Russ Volckmann

Jim Kouzes

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Jim Kouzes

Jim Kouzes is an Executive Fellow at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. Jim is featured as one of the workplace experts in George Dixon’s book , What Works at Work: Lessons from the Masters (1988) and in Learning Journeys: Top Management Experts Share Hard-Earned Lessons on Becoming Great Mentors and Leaders edited by Marshall Goldsmith, Beverly Kaye, and Ken Shelton (2000). Not only is he a highly regarded leadership scholar and an experienced executive, but The Wall Street Journal has cited him as one of the twelve most requested non-university executive education providers to U.S. companies.

A popular seminar and conference speaker, Jim shares his insights about the leadership practices that contribute to high performance in individuals and organizations, and he leaves his audiences inspired with practical leadership tools and tips that they can apply at work, at home, and in their communities. Jim was the President and then CEO and Chairman of the Tom Peters Company, a professional services firm that specialized in leadership development, from 1988 through 1999. Jim directed the Executive Development Center (EDC) at Santa Clara University from 1981 through 1987. Under his leadership the EDC was awarded two gold medals from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He also founded the Joint Center for Human Services Development at San Jose State University, which he managed from 1972 until 1980, and prior to that was on the staff of the University of Texas School of Social Work.

His career in training and development began in 1969 when Jim, as part of the Southwest Urban Team, conducted seminars for Community Action Agency staff and volunteers in the “war on poverty” effort. Jim received his B. A. degree (1967) with honors from Michigan State University in political science and a certificate (1974) from San Jose State University’s School of Business for completion of the internship in organization development. Jim can be reached at


  • with Barry Z. Posner, A Leader’s Legacy (2006)
  • with Barry Z. Posner, Encouraging the Heart Workbook (2006)
  • with Barry Z. Posner, The Leadership Challenge, 3rd Edition (2003)