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  • Hardcover: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill; 1 edition (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071791485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071791489
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We have moved from a focus on fixing leadership weaknesses all the way over to a focus on building strengths. Without question, it is the most profound change in this realm to occur in the past 50 years." -- John Zenger and Joseph Folkman, from the book

You run a business department, a division, or an entire company. Everything is going smoothly, everyone respects your abilities, and no one complains about you. You are a good, talented business leader.

But are you exceptional? Because in these difficult business times, true success requires nothing less.

From the leadership gurus of Zenger Folkman, How to Be Exceptional provides a revolutionary approach to leadership development. Instead of focusing on your weaknesses and how to overcome them, focus on your strengths--and learn how to magnify them.

How to Be Exceptional explains how to:

  • Pinpoint your best leadership traits and choose the right development target for yourself
  • Use feedback and action-learning on the job to elevate your strengths
  • Apply Zenger Folkman's revolutionary "cross-training" method to escalate your leadership competencies into the top 90th percentile
  • Ensure that your fully developed strengths are sustainable by building follow-through into your development plan

When you magnify your leadership competencies to the level of exceptional, employee engagement increases, productivity rises, and profitability soars. Learn how to make your business and career dreams a reality.

About the Author

Zenger Folkman utilizes evidence-driven, strengths-based methods to improve organizations and the people within them. "Jack" Zenger and Joe Folkman are the cofounders of Zenger Folkman and bestselling coauthors of The Inspiring Leader and The Extraordinary Leader. Bob Sherwin, Jr., is Chief Operating Officer and Barbara Steel is Senior Vice President of Leadership Effectiveness at Zenger Folkman.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shefali Dua on October 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The author shares a brilliant perspective on the important of effective leadership and describes what great leaders do and the behaviors patterns that made them so in the first place. Great leaders increase profit, drive up customer satisfaction, generate higher levels of engagement in their employees and develop stronger employees. They are strategic thinkers whose decisions manifest around customer focus, innovative thinking and problem solving. The book urges readers to focus on building new competencies and improving fatal weaknesses to emerge as great leaders!

Organizations with best leaders have the following in common:

1. They select the right people as leaders.
2. Talent management processes have clear set of desirable leadership competencies.
3. Senior executives believe that a significant part the leader's job is to develop their direct reports.
4. The bar for effective leadership is set high. The expectation was that the leaders needed to be outstanding, and not merely adequate or good, and that everyone, regardless of position or level in the organization, could improve.
5. They achieve great success in developing future executives by giving them demanding assignments. A favorite has been an overseas assignment in which an executive became a country manager and had all the functions of the business reporting to him or her.

Quotes from the book:
1. Leaders are made.
2. Fixing weaknesses never made anyone exceptional.
3. What made a leader great was the presence of strengths, not the absence of weaknesses.
4. Great leaders did a few things exceptionally well.
5. People see the best in one another when they share dreams and when they are connected.
6. There is no learning without action.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is all about the how and why of being a great leader. First the why. According to the authors, "In extensive studies, we have demonstrated the clear connection between the effectiveness of leaders and a variety of important organizational outcomes. Bottom line, great leaders increase profit, drive up customer satisfaction, generate higher levels of engagement in their employees, reduce employee turnover and develop stronger employees."

The need for highly effective leadership is clear. The question is: how do you develop great leaders?

The first question the authors answer is: should you work on correcting weaknesses or developing strengths. At one time the general consensus was that to improve as a leader, you need to eliminate or at least improve your weaknesses. The authors do not believe this approach yields the best results. Their findings are that you gain much more by improving your key competencies than working on your weaknesses. They make one important exception to that advice. If you have what they call fatal flaw, then you must absolutely correct/improve that. A fatal flaw is defined "as a behavior or trait that has a devastating negative impact on a person's overall performance."

Most of the book is centered around how to improve/develop on your strengths. The first step is to understand your strengths. While most people think they know and understand their own strengths and weaknesses, the authors point out that we are generally not a very good judge of our own strengths and weaknesses. While there are certain tests which will give us additional insight, we are still evaluating ourselves. We simply do not have the ability to take an objective look at ourselves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jim Clemmer on August 28, 2012
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How to Be Exceptional couldn't come at a better time. We're standing at a very critical crossroad. Our organizations desperately want and need much stronger leadership at all levels. But a torrent of studies show most leadership development approaches aren't working. We need a better way.

We're also at the intersection of powerful and revolutionary research emerging from the new movements of Emotional Intelligence, Positive Psychology, Appreciative Inquiry, and Strengths. These emerging fields are scientifically -- and conclusively -- showing that we can only flourish by moving away from focusing on what's wrong, performance gaps, and weaknesses. The evidence for what needs to change and why is growing every day. But there's been a huge vacuum around how to apply these findings to leadership development.

The opening reviews and quotations in the front of How to Be Exceptional tells the reader he or she is holding a revolutionary leadership book with a radical new approach. Award-winning development professionals and senior executives from organizations like Yale University, General Mills, Boeing, Symantec, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Hilton, Transat, Marathon Oil, General Motors, Invesco, and Elsevier laud the book as:"the next evolution in focusing on strengths,""the best book on professional development in decades,""cuts through the clutter," "practical how-to realities of leadership improvement,""simple, concrete, scientifically validated model,""invaluable to my organization," "breakthrough milestone,""actionable advice,"and "innovative methodology."

The Introduction begins with this declaration:"Like a gigantic pendulum swinging, there has been a dramatic shift in the world of leadership development.
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