Leadership matters in organizations. Often it matters more than we imagine (or want to believe). Sometimes when leaders encounter trouble, they try to lay blame on others or hope that small shifts in direction will right the organization. These leaders actually have lost sight of the basic foundations of leadership.
In his book, Unusually Excellent:The Necessary Nine Skills for the Practice of Great Leadership, John Hamm helps keep leaders focused on the basic principles that will make them extraordinary. These principles include being authentic, trustworthy, and compelling, as well as communicating effectively and making strong decisions. Hamm illustrates the nine principles with vivid, true stories. He shows that leaders who are precise communicators are able to leverage the commitment of all their employees for a better bottom line. Clear communication and adherence to fundamental leadership principles gets passed down the line and permeates the entire organization.
Hamm has worn many hats in his distinguished career – that of corporate executive, start-up CEO, venture-capital investor, executive coach, and advisor or board member to technology companies. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Engineering from Purdue University and an executive MBA from the University of California at Irvine.
What I Will Learn