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In Unusually Excellent, John Hamm makes the case that to lead well, leaders must have self-knowledge and a commitment to serving whatever they value most deeply. He advises that professional managers in all fields must revisit the fundamentals of their own leadership practices regularly and systematically in order to transition from being good leaders to becoming great ones. Excellent leadership is composed of actions, ideas, emotions, cultural forces, history, and expectations that work together in an interconnected system to form superb character, skill-based competence, and professional reputation. The author demonstrates that any leader can excel by consistently putting into action the necessary nine skills: being authentic, trustworthy, and compelling; leading people, strategy and execution; communicating, making decisions, and making an impact.