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Often, when leaders experience trouble, they look to blame anoutside source or expect a small tweak to right their ship. Butmany times they have actually lost their grip on the basicfoundation of their own leadership.
Unusually Excellent offers both seasoned and aspiringleaders a framework for understanding and a guide for applying thefundamentals of leadership at every stage in their careers. Thebusiness environment may change, but no management trend candisplace the core laws, proven over centuries, of excellentleadership.
Leadership expert Hamm explains why leadership can't be masteredas a single concept or tool that can be pulled out of a hat whenneeded. Excellent leadership is composed of actions, ideas,emotions, cultural forces, history, and expectations that worktogether in an interconnected system. This system forms the core ofthe winning combination of superb Character, skill-basedCompetence, and professional Reputation. Hamm demonstrates that anyleader can excel by consistently putting into action the NecessaryNine skills: being authentic, trustworthy, and compelling; leadingpeople, strategy, and execution; communicating, making decisions,and making an impact.
Filled with vivid true stories, Unusually Excellentoffers powerful, unforgettable leadership lessons, reinforcedempirical evidence, and logical analysis. It will be your personalcoach that will prepare you for the lifelong and ongoing journeytowards exceptional leadership.
"Unusually Excellent is a must read. John brings hispowerful and fresh view of leadership to life in this thoughtfulframework. He has combined three of his many strengths –intellectual rigor and honesty, deep domain experience, and passionfor leading – in a highly readable, unforgettablebook."
—Mark King, president and CEO, TaylorMade-adidasGolf
"This is a wonderful book, and may well become a classic!Compelling. Comprehensive. Very readable. What a great place tostart for any new leader in search of the essence of leadership, orfor an experienced leader with the courage to re-learn thoseessentials 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 businessleaders. I am thrilled to see that John has put into words the samewisdom and value that I've realized through working with him as acoach and mentor. An absolute must read for all aspiringleaders."
—David DeWalt, president and CEO, McAfee
"Unusually Excellent is unusually better than most bookson leadership in its wisdom and practical advice. John's experiencehas the ring of enduring truth and he offers a personal andpractical look across the spectrum of leadership, from characterdevelopment through execution to leaving a legacy. A wonderfulcombination of 'hard' and 'soft' leadership, this book belongs oneveryone's reading list."
—Barry Z. Posner, PhD, professor of leadership;coauthor, The Leadership Challenge and The Truth AboutLeadership
"John's dedication to the study of leadership and personalexperiences running companies and coaching CEOs have resulted in avaluable back-to-basics book that every aspiring business leadershould read. He explains the nine essential skills for the practiceof great leadership in a highly accessible and practical style thatanyone with an interest in growing as a leader will benefitfrom."
—Jeff Weiner, president and CEO, LinkedIn
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 17 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 18 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 18 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
I have read a number of leadership books, this is the best, don't bother with the rest this is really all you need.Published on March 31, 2012 by denalipeak