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

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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, prov

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260 pages
Published (first published January 7th 2011)
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Christian
A very basic book on modern leadership. If you are a total beginner to a management role you will get some foundation here to build on. On the other hand, in case your education included the basic principles of humanism many of the ideas presented here will seem straightforward and self-evident.
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Unusually Excellent: The Necessary Nine Skills Required for the Practice of Great Leadership by John Hamm was chosen by Soundview Executive Book Summaries as one of the Top 30 Business Books of 2013.

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Great leadership needs to be built on a strong foundation. Author and executive coach John Hamm believes the foundation is comprised of nine necessary skills. In Unusually Excellent: The Necessary Nine Skills Required for the Practice of Great Leadership, Hamm delivers memorable
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Chris
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. The essence of the book is that "unusually excellent" leaders understand and master the following skills/habits: CREDIBILITY (be compelling; be trustworthy; and be authentic); COMPETENCE (have a love for people; embrace strategy; and know how to execute); CONSEQUENCE (know how to make decisions - and when; be a master communicator; and learn how to create maximum impact). If leaders can learn how to humbly and genuinely "master" these skills, Hamm argues, then they will become true u ...more
David
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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In Unusually Excellent, John Hamm aims to provide a reference book rather than some glitzy and shallow airport biz book. He hits a bullseye. The back to the basics approach is perfect. This book is logically organized, well stated and supported with memorable real-life examples. Unusually Excellent is on my "must read" recommendation list for colleagues, friends, and any recent grad starting a career.
Ethan
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Among the best in the crowded pop leadership category. Constructed clearly and usually concisely, written with an integrity and generosity of spirit that make even the tough advice feel worth following. I rate it near the top of heap - with Warren Bennis' books on the same topic.
Barbara Lovejoy
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the author had some great insights that I want to adopt in my leadership responsibilities, I felt that some parts of the book were somewhat boring and hard to follow. It is not my favorite book on leadership, but I am glad I read it.
Stephanie
I enjoyed this book to an extent - in fact, I wrote a paper about it. However, there are so many golf and sport metaphors, it's clearly written for a middle-aged white male. I couldn't get past that.
Joe Cox
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition


This is an ok 101 book but tends to repeat what's already being said in leadership circles. If its one of the first books you read on leadership you will not be disappointed.
Marcelo
John Hamm is a great guy and the book reflects his philosophy on dealing with the crucial element of every business: people.
Bill Donhiser
One of the better business books I have read this year. More philosphy than nuts and bolts but really worth the time
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