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Unusually Excellent: The Necessary Nine Skills Required for the Practice of Great Leadership

ISBN: 978-0-470-94896-5
200 pages
January 2011, Jossey-Bass
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Master the fundamentals of leadership-at every stage in your career

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've actually lost their grip on the very basic foundation of leadership. The business environment may change, but no management trend can displace the core laws, proven over centuries, of excellent leadership. Unusually Excellent is an essential resource for leaders that brings these fundamentals together in a new and comprehensive way. This book will help leaders at any level keep their focus on the bedrock principles that will make them extraordinary..

  • Thoroughly practical, day-to-day primer for achieving and maintaining their highest level of leadership, for today and for a lifetime
  • The author's Harvard Business Review articles are among the most highly read in the magazine's history
  • Written for all leaders who need to develop and renew their leadership skills

Using a sports analogy, the author breaks the work of leaders into three parts: pregame: a matter of character; game day: a matter of competence; and postgame: a matter of consequence.

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FOREWORD BY GEOFFREY MOORE ix

INTRODUCTION xi

PART ONE CREDIBILITY: EARNING THE RIGHT TO LEAD THROUGH CHARACTER 1

CHAPTER ONE Being Authentic: The Courage to Be Yourself 3

CHAPTER TWO Being Trustworthy: The Consistency of Integrity 31

CHAPTER THREE Being Compelling: The Commitment to Winning 59

PART TWO COMPETENCE: LEADING ON THE FIELD WITH SKILL 79

CHAPTER FOUR Leading People: Talent to Teams 81

CHAPTER FIVE Leading Strategy: Ideas to Plans 103

CHAPTER SIX Leading Execution: Action to Results 123

PART THREE CONSEQUENCE: CREATING A CULTURE, LEAVING A LEGACY OF VALUES 151

CHAPTER SEVEN A Leader's Communication: Open, Honest Dialogue 155

CHAPTER EIGHT A Leader's Decision Making: Values-Based Choices 173

CHAPTER NINE A Leader's Impact: The Transfer of Influence from Leader to Follower 191

AFTERWORD 217

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 221

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 223

INDEX 225

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John Hamm is one of the top leadership experts in Silicon Valley. He was named one of the country's top 100 venture capitalists in 2009 by AlwaysON and has led investments in many successful high-growth companies as a partner at several Bay Area VC firms. Hamm has also been a CEO, a board member at over thirty companies, and a CEO advisor and executive coach to senior leaders at companies such as Documentum, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, TaylorMade-adidas Golf and McAfee. John teaches leadership at the Leavy School of Business at Santa Clara University.
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