"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
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
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 223