From the Publisher
Rethink Everything You Know About Leadership Strengths "A must-read for anyone wanting to positively stand out in an organization or for leaders wanting to raise the overall performance of the organization." -- Cindy Brinkley, Vice President, Global Human Resources, General Motors "The authors take the groundbreaking concept of driving leadership effectiveness by building our strengths to a whole new level of practical implementation, providing us with a brilliantly clear road map. I have found this body of work to be absolutely invaluable . . . I cannot imagine a person in a leadership role today who would not find value from reading this book cover to cover." -- Loren M. Starr, Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Invesco Ltd. "How to Be Exceptional is a milestone in the emerging business case for evidence-based management. Building on two decades of earlier research, the authors brilliantly lay out a simple, concrete, scientifically validated model for achieving consistently superior business results through leadership. . . . Its magic is its simplicity, pragmatism, and focus." -- Eric Severson, Senior Vice President, Talent, Gap Inc. "How to Be Exceptional is the best book on professional development I have read in decades. It reinforces the emerging wisdom that the path to greatness is really about building profound strengths, rather than through relentlessly focusing on one’s weaknesses. This is a great road map for any leader seeking to optimize their growth and impact." -- Michael A. Peel, Yale University, Vice President, Human Resources and Administration "Once in a decade, there''s a business book worth reading and remembering…there are many excellent books that simply reiterate things we should already know. Then there are those destined to become classics of new knowledge...” I plan to “re-read a few times as more details click into place each time." -- Dave Crisp, Canadian HR Reporter
From the Jacket
"We have moved from a focus on fixing leadership weaknesses
all the way over to a focus on building strengths. Without
question, it is the most profound change in this realm to occur in
the past 50 years." -- John Zenger and Joseph Folkman, from
You run a business department, a division, or an entire company.
Everything is going smoothly, everyone respects your abilities, and
no one complains about you. You are a good, talented business
But are you exceptional? Because in these difficult business
times, true success requires nothing less.
From the leadership gurus of Zenger Folkman, How to Be
Exceptional provides a revolutionary approach to leadership
development. Instead of focusing on your weaknesses and how to
overcome them, focus on your strengths--and learn how to magnify
How to Be Exceptional explains how to:
- Pinpoint your best leadership traits and choose the right
development target for yourself
- Use feedback and action-learning on the job to elevate your
- Apply Zenger Folkman''s revolutionary "cross-training" method
to escalate your leadership competencies into the top 90th
- Ensure that your fully developed strengths are sustainable by
building follow-through into your development plan
When you magnify your leadership competencies to the level of
exceptional, employee engagement increases, productivity rises, and
profitability soars. Learn how to make your business and career
dreams a reality.
About the Author
Zenger Folkman utilizes evidence-driven,
strengths-based methods to improve organizations and the people
within them. "Jack" Zenger and Joe
Folkman are the cofounders of Zenger Folkman and
bestselling coauthors of The Inspiring Leader and The Extraordinary
Leader. Bob Sherwin, Jr., is Chief Operating
Officer and Barbara Steel is Senior Vice President
of Leadership Effectiveness at Zenger Folkman.
About the Book
A revolutionary approach to leadership training and development that enacts a practical, actionable system that identifies and builds the strengths needed to be successful at work.