From the Inside Flap
"To lead well, as this book makes deeply and powerfully clear, isfirst and foremost to know yourself, and second to put yourself inservice to whatever you value most deeply. If you adopt thatposture, whatever follows can be incorporated into making yourselfinto a better leader. And it is the purpose of this book to helpyou do so."
—From the Foreword by Geoffrey Moore, managing director,TCG Advisors; author, Crossing the Chasm
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.
From the Back Cover
Praise for Unusually Excellent
"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