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Often, when leaders experience trouble, they look to blame an outside source or expect a small tweak to right their ship. But many times they have actually lost their grip on the basic foundation of their own leadership.
Unusually Excellent offers both seasoned and aspiring leaders a framework for understanding and a guide for applying the fundamentals of leadership at every stage in their careers. The business environment may change, but no management trend can displace the core laws, proven over centuries, of excellent leadership.
Leadership expert Hamm explains why leadership can't be mastered as a single concept or tool that can be pulled out of a hat when needed. Excellent leadership is composed of actions, ideas, emotions, cultural forces, history, and expectations that work together in an interconnected system. This system forms the core of the winning combination of superb Character, skill-based Competence, and professional Reputation. Hamm demonstrates that any leader can excel by consistently putting into action the Necessary Nine skills: being authentic, trustworthy, and compelling; leading people, strategy, and execution; communicating, making decisions, and making an impact.
Filled with vivid true stories, Unusually Excellent offers powerful, unforgettable leadership lessons, reinforced empirical evidence, and logical analysis. It will be your personal coach that will prepare you for the lifelong and ongoing journey towards exceptional leadership.
"Unusually Excellent is a must read. John brings his powerful and fresh view of leadership to life in this thoughtful framework. He has combined three of his many strengths – intellectual rigor and honesty, deep domain experience, and passion for leading – in a highly readable, unforgettable book."
—Mark King, president and CEO, TaylorMade-adidas Golf
"This is a wonderful book, and may well become a classic! Compelling. Comprehensive. Very readable. What a great place to start for any new leader in search of the essence of leadership, or for an experienced leader with the courage to re-learn those essentials again and again."
—Patrick Lencioni, president, The Table Group; author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
"Wow! This is an extremely compelling book for all business leaders. I am thrilled to see that John has put into words the same wisdom and value that I've realized through working with him as a coach and mentor. An absolute must read for all aspiring leaders."
—David DeWalt, president and CEO, McAfee
"Unusually Excellent is unusually better than most books on leadership in its wisdom and practical advice. John's experience has the ring of enduring truth and he offers a personal and practical look across the spectrum of leadership, from character development through execution to leaving a legacy. A wonderful combination of 'hard' and 'soft' leadership, this book belongs on everyone's reading list."
—Barry Z. Posner, PhD, professor of leadership; coauthor, The Leadership Challenge and The Truth About Leadership
"John's dedication to the study of leadership and personal experiences running companies and coaching CEOs have resulted in a valuable back-to-basics book that every aspiring business leader should read. He explains the nine essential skills for the practice of great leadership in a highly accessible and practical style that anyone with an interest in growing as a leader will benefit from."
—Jeff Weiner, president and CEO, LinkedIn
best book on leadership I've read. stripped down, digestible, memorable and teachable.Published 13 days ago by Call Me
This is a very well written piece on how to be a great leader. It's a very easy read and can be finished in a couple weeks just by reading it every night. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Andrew Pham
The game of leadership is like the game of golf. Improvement of performance is all about the fundamentals. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michael W. Dugal
I have read many management books and business how-to tomes. Reading it on my kindle, I find myself nodding frequently in agreement with this book's summaries of good management... Read morePublished 20 months ago by John F. Benson
Heartfelt. A joy to read.
Parts one and three are better written compared to part two which I found generic and nebulous. Read more
I've read a lot of material on leadership and unusually excellent is one of my all time favorites. I believe in the principles given by the book and the book has made a better... Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by David
John Hamm does an excellent job of framing all of the aspects of leadership. The real life examples helps drive his key points home. Thank you John!Published on December 25, 2012 by JB
John Hamm's Unusually Excellent: The Necessary Nine Skills Required for the Practice of Great Leadership is an unusually excellent read that highlights strong behaviors and... Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by NeensC