How to Be Exceptional: Drive Leadership Success By Magnifying Your Strengths

  • 3h 18m
  • Barbara A. Steel, John H. Zenger, Joseph R. Folkman, Robert H. Sherwin, Jr.
  • McGraw-Hill
  • 2012

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 leader.

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 them.

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 strengths
  • Apply Zenger Folkman's revolutionary "cross-training" method to escalate your leadership competencies into the top 90th percentile
  • 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 Authors

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.

In this Book

  • Organizations Flourish with Strong Leaders: The Measurable Impact of Being Exceptional
  • Why Emphasize Strengths?: The Complex Interplay Between Strengths and High-Performing Leaders
  • Strengths Can Be Developed: Diverse Ways to Take Your Strengths to the Next Level
  • Leadership Cross-Training: The Revolutionary Approach to Developing Leadership Skills
  • Benefits from Developing Strengths: Why Focusing on Weaknesses Doesn’t Create Exceptional Leadership
  • Where to Start: Targeting Strengths to Develop
  • Transitioning from Poor Performance to Good: A Linear Plan for Enhancing Your Skills
  • The Role of Feedback in Developing Leadership Strengths: A Surefire Medicine
  • Building Strengths at Work: Integrating On-the-Job Activities into Your Growth as a Leader
  • Sustaining Strengths: Building Follow-Through into Your Development Plan
  • Individual Contributors: Building on Strengths Is the Foundation of Success at Every Level
  • Getting Out of the Pit: When to Fix Weaknesses and Fatal Flaws
  • Can Strengths Be Taken Too Far?: Addressing a Common Misperception
  • Building Strengths with Multi-Rater Feedback: Why 360-Degree Assessments Can Be Your Best Tool