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Pat Williams’ “ultimate leadership book” offers principles from leaders of history and the present—in business, sports, religion, and politics. Readers will benefit from years of experience and hundreds of interviews by Williams, senior vice president of the Orlando Magic, as they see leadership’s seven sides: vision, communication, people skills, character, competence, boldness, and a servant’s heart.

About the Author

Pat Williams is a motivational speaker, author of 90 books, and cofounder and senior vice president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Named one of the 50 most influential people in NBA history, he is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts and won a league championship as general manager of the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers. Pat and his wife, Ruth, are parents of 19 children, including 14 adopted from four nations. An Army veteran, former minor league baseball player, and host of three radio programs, Pat also teaches Sunday school in his Orlando church.

Jim Denney is a writer with dozens of books to his credit, including titles with NFL legend Reggie White, supermodel Kim Alexis, and radio host Michael Reagan. A full-time writer since 1989, he has written books both for adults and children, including the Timebenders science fiction series. Jim lives in California.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616267275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616267278
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a firm believer in the concept that when you want to gain wisdom about a certain topic or issue or learn principles to govern your life by in a certain area, you go to someone who is an expert and leader in that area...someone who has the proven life experience in that area to teach and lead you. And when it comes to leadership, Pat Williams, Senior Vice President of the NBA's Orlando Magic, author of 75 books, motivational speaker and a father of 19 children, (that's right 19 children), is truly an expert and leader.

Author William's book is a must read book for anyone who aspires to be a leader or is already a leader as both will gain invaluable insights from reading this book. Author William's book is by far one of the best books on leadership that has ever been written. There are other excellent ones out there, but his book is definitely one that is at the top of the list.

In his book author Williams writes about seven important "Sides" of leadership that are essential for anyone to be an effective leader. The seven sides of leadership he writes about in his book are: "Vision," "Communications," "People Skills," "Character," "Competence," "Boldness," "A Serving Heart" and he concludes his book with an Epilogue titled, "A Leader Who Has It All," the incredible story of someone you probably have never heard of but should have, John Croyle.

Author Williams shares from the wealth of his own personal experience as well as from the experiences of other recognized leaders in our world including Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart; President Ronald Reagan, Robert F. Kennedy, Lee Iacocca, Philip Yancey and many others to inform us what real effective leadership in the realm of the seven sides of leadership is all about.
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Format: Hardcover
I love reading great books on leadership. And Pat Williams', Leadership Excellence, did not disappoint.

In Leadership Excellence, Pat Williams describes the 7 sides of leadership - Vision, Communication, People Skills, Character, Competence, Boldness, and a Serving heart - that make leaders into great leaders.

I enjoyed how Pat fused stories of great leaders past and present across the spectrum of American life, i.e. politics, religion, sports, military, and business, and used each story to expanded on the 7 sides of leadership.

I've read many leadership books that highlight leaders usually in the business arena. But Leadership Excellence made it clear that great Leaders are in every area of life, not just in business.

The epilogue was especially profound. Pat Williams profiles the life of John Croyle, founder of Big Oak's Boy Ranch, and how John exemplifies all 7 sides of leadership. Pat could've have profiled a great business leader, but chose to profile John Croyle, a great leader, whose passion is to serve others, not just himself.

The book challenged me personally to take a look at how I exemplify the 7 sides of leadership, and not just emulate some of the great leaders discussed in the book, but to also find my style and voice in each of the sides.

Leadership Excellence was an attention grabber and holder. I read one of the sides of leadership a day for 7 straight days. I wanted to digest the information and really think how I could improve in my own life the 7 sides of leadership.

This book ranks on top of my list with some of the many other books I've read on leadership from well known authors and experts on leadership.

I recommend this book to aspiring leaders, and current leaders that want to make the leap from being good leaders to becoming great leaders.

Pat, thank you for your "Leadership Excellence"!
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How long has it been since you have told a person great job on the job site? How long has it been since you took the time to tell the person why you think they did a great job on the job site? How long has it been since you just walked outside of your office, classroom, building just to meet and greet your fellow workers, staff? Has it been that long?--This book, these lessons, these tools, these captions in this remarkable work will help guide you on what you need to set the standard for being a leader at any level--If you are a janitor,it will work for you. A parking attendent it will work for you. Movie ticket taker, it will work for you...The 7 sides to leadership work well hand in hand,it gives us a guide to help establish a means to being an effective leader...when I mean leader I mean a coach, teacher, fireman, boy scout leader, girl scout leader, the parent who drives their kids to 5 soccer games on Saturday and Sunday...this book will fit into the hands of all who are looking at growing their skills of communication, servanthood, management by walking around and so on... What I found intresting about this book, was that Pat Williams was intrested in sharing stories of what other people did to become leaders, he sharred what people see in public and what people hear behind closed doors. I feel the author put his heart and soul into this book, for Pat has been a leader for over 50 years--baseball, army, basketball, church, father of 19, author of over 60 books. Pat is 70 years old, and he still is striving to be better, working hard at sharing his knowledge, sharing his wisdom with us...Leadership Excellence is a must read--pick it up and grow....today....it will only help you grow your future into a better place.
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